Even though each and every one of us needs sleep, and good regular sleep at that, we don’t all always make it very easy for our bodies to shut down and give us a good night’s rest. Without good and productive sleep we’re at risk for a variety of rather frightening medical issues, from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure or even cardiac problems. Sleep hygiene might sound like a new age marketing slogan, but when you can incorporate it into your life you can improve everything and feel better at the same time.
Good sleep hygiene starts with a solid bedroom routine that you stick to, so your body can learn to rely on it. Going to sleep is rarely as simple as turning off the lights and just laying down. We need to prepare ourselves for it, ease into bedtime. This lets your body and brain know sleep is coming, and helps the eyes shut when you want to get some shuteye.
Some people find a sleep journal can be helpful in modifying what is or isn’t working against their need for sleep. – The cost for this is the price of a notebook.
Some people find a light meal or snack can be beneficial as part of the bedtime routine. If you are on a diet or a low-carb diet you might find it hard to sleep. Have a light snack, no caffeine and nothing to spicy.
Upgrade your alarm clock to one that works with your sleep cycle. Or at least wake up at the same time every morning.
Avoid harsh LED light or the blue light that comes from electronics close to bedtime.
Clear your mind or read a short story. Yes, a bedtime story does help. It can free your mind from things you are worrying about.
Check your email earlier in the day. Don’t get caught up in drama right before bed. Turn off texts and no emails.
Whatever you select, know that you’re helping yourself be a better you. A more rested you.
You don’t need pills to get good sleep. Sort your sleep out for free, and enjoy the benefits. #HealthStatus
- 1Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for our overall health and well-being but many of us don’t make it a priority.
- 2There are some simple things your can do that don’t cost much to help you relax and sleep; like reading a bedtime story and not checking our texts and emails close to bedtime.
- 3Setting a routine on how we prepare for sleep and waking up at the same time every morning helps us form a good sleep habit.