When your alarm goes off in the morning, how do you feel? “I hate my alarm clock!” That seems to be the most common response. Got sleep?
Feeling tired seems to be more of the norm with people sleeping 20% less than what we did 100 years ago.
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Sleep deprivation seems to be a norm in today’s busyness. Not enough time to take care of yourself let alone getting enough sleep. Let’s just stay up and feel worse.
Three out of five people have troubles falling asleep or staying asleep.
Common sense would be to prioritize sleep, but it’s not common practice.
So let’s change that. With the school season rapidly approaching and Fall around the corner, sleep needs to be taken seriously.
Sleep is essential to our health.
- Brain function,
- Immune health,
- Hormonal balance,
- Physical health,
- And so much more!
When you don’t get enough sleep, you can’t handle the daily demands of your waking life. Your well-being is sacrificed.
At some point, sleeping must become a priority in order to live, love, and impact. Which means, working on your sleep-wake cycle, better known as your circadian rhythm, must be intentional.
It’s time to reclaim your sleep and practice good sleep hygiene.
The K.I.S.S. ~ Practice good sleep hygiene!
Be intentional with your sleep hygiene. This is a variety of practices and patterns for sleeping well and waking well.
- Maintain a consistent sleep pattern. Go to bed the same time every night, even on the weekend.
- Avoid stimulants close to bedtime. This is caffeine and nicotine. Alcohol can even be a problem.
- Be cautious of the food you eat prior to bedtime. Some foods like fried foods, citrus fruits, rich foods, and fatty foods can trigger indigestion for some people.
- Create a sleeping environment that is cooling and relaxing. A dark room with the temperature in the low to mid 60 degrees.
- Be intentional with limiting your exposure to blue light. This is what signals your body to wake up. This causes great confusion. So put away your technology, and go back to old fashion reading and writing or even listening to the radio.
- When you wake in the morning, be sure to expose yourself to bright light, preferably the sun — natural light.
- Exercise as it keeps your body fit and ready for sleep. Be careful if you exercise prior to sleeping, as it can affect each person differently.
- BONUS — If you can, take a power nap, but no more than 20-30 minutes.
All of this is just the beginning. Sleeping doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but it does need to be a priority.
Your body works hard for you all day long. So treat your body well, and get great sleep giving it the opportunity to restore, repair, and renew itself for what tomorrow brings.
“Got sleep? Make time and sleep your way to well-being!”
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