If you didn’t know already, having a good sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body and health. Unfortunately, one-third of all Americans get less than 6 hours a night which really affects the body over the long run. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Believe it or not but it also shortens your life expectancy.
So what can you do to help get better sleep?
It’s a fact that exercising is one of the best natural sleep remedies. Ongoing studies prove that daily exercise can help improve the quality and quantity of our sleep. Our bodies are made to move and we are full of energy which needs burning off by being active so you get a better sleep rather than tossing and turning in bed.
2. Switch off electrical devices
In the modern world we live in, technology has taken over our lives. Everyone is constantly on their mobile phones and tablet devices. When you go to bed, you should leave your electronic devices outside your room so it doesn’t distract you during your sleep.
3. Don’t eat too late
If possible try not to eat after 8 pm as food may not be digested properly when you go bed and cause interference with your sleep and may cause your body to gain weight. At the same time make sure you also eat in the evening as your stomach will be growling through the night as you’re hungry.
4. Minimise Stress
Nearly every human being is affected by stress in some kind of way. Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat. It could be work related or even a personal matter but you need to clear your mind when going to bed. Again try exercising or even Yoga to help minimize stress.
5. Have a sleeping schedule
Some of us like to go to bed earlier than others and some people like to get up earlier than others. It’s very important you have a sleeping pattern, just like muscle memory, the body memorizes your sleeping routine. Set yourself a set time to sleep and wake up. You should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function at your best.