Tips for Getting More Sleep
Did you know the first week of March is National Sleep Awareness Week? We all know that sleep is an important part of being a human, but many do not understand the importance of consistently getting quality sleep or the negative effects of not getting it.
An ongoing lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep increases your risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and obesity. They are also linked to memory problems, forgetfulness, and more falls or accidents.
It's important that you aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Here are some tips that might help you begin to incorporate healthier sleep habits:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
- Find ways to relax before bedtime each night.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones, computers, and televisions in your bedroom.
- Exercise at regular times each day, but not within 3 hours of your bedtime.
- Don’t eat large meals, or drink caffeine or alcohol late in the day.
- Avoid long naps (over 30 minutes) in the late afternoon or evening.