When it comes to health, we often focus on food and exercise. Unfortunately, we tend to dismiss the importance of sleep. Lack of shut eye can impact much more than just our daily energy levels.
Consistently poor slumbers can cause an increase in weight, alteration of hormones, increased appetite, reduced mental focus, increase in chronic illness and more health implications. So how can you improve sleep quality?
𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑡𝑜𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑥𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑙𝑒𝑒𝑝 𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑝𝑠:
1. Aim for consistent times that you go to bed and wake up at. Having completely different schedules on the weekend can throw you off during the week.
2. Reduce the amount of light in your bedroom. Your body will clue in that it is time to rest when it is dark.
3. Limit noise as much as possible or consider using a machine for white noise to help you fall asleep.
4. Minimize anything that may cause stress before bed. Things like TV shows/movies, work, computer use, or even stressful conversations can prolong/disrupt sleep.
5. We tend to sleep best within a certain temperature range. Try setting your room thermostat for somewhere between 18-22 C.
6. If you’re a caffeine lover, limit your intake as much as possible as you get closer to bed time. This includes coffee, tea and soda/pop.
7. If you consume a large amount of food or foods high in sugar right before jumping into bed, your body may prioritize digestion over sleep.
Making sleep a priority is essential to improved health. Try these tips and don’t let the bed bugs bite!