Tips for Better Sleep

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We all have heard the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Sleep helps the body recharge its natural batteries, boosting the immune system and setting you up for optimal health and energy. Despite this fact, the majority of Americans do not get enough quality sleep. A recent poll indicated that most adults get around 6 hours of sleep or less per night, far less than the 8 recommended hours. Inadequate sleep can lead to many health problems including irritability, fatigue, depression, and decreased immunity. While there are some ways to “fake it ‘til you make it” (coffee, I am talking to you), there are also things you can do while you’re awake to help you sleep netter at night.

One of the best things to help you fall asleep at night is to have an active day. Getting errands done, hitting the gym, and nailing that presentation at work will be mentally stimulating. All of this hard work gets a well-deserved reward in dreamland. Recent studies found that people who exercise tend to get better sleep than non-exercises, and folks who go extra hard at the gym get the best sleep overall. Plus, extra nice sheets and bedding will invite you in and keep you cozy all night.

While it may be difficult, keeping your bed electronics-free is vital to healthy sleep. Studies show that people who stare at their phones or tablets before bed take longer to fall asleep, because the lights throw off our body’s natural circadian rhythm. In addition, blue lights emitted from gadgets around the house (think laptop chargers, Internet modems, etc.) have been shown to hinder sleep. While it may feel hard at first, learning to spend the last hour of your day screen-free will not only help you fall asleep faster, it will also allow you to decompress and let go of the stressors in the world.

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