How many hours of rest do you get each night?
Sleep has been proven time and time again to be very important in many aspects of your life. Lack of it can be very hard to make up for later. Did you know you can't "catch up on sleep"?
Rest is just as important as diet and exercise, but studies have shown that most people have "resting" as a much lower priority.
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Everyone is different so you may require as little as 6 or as much as 9 hours. But make sure it's QUALITY sleep. Quality sleep leads to a much better day as you are fully recovered and can better concentrate.
In this blog post, we are talking about sleep and how it helps your body, mind, and spirit heal, recover, and feel new again. We give you tips and plans that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep.
How to get better sleep
There are many things you can do to improve your sleep. Here are a few tips:
Stick to a schedule
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body's clock and makes it easier to fall asleep at night.
Create a sleep-conducive environment
Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Use comfortable bedding and pillows, and invest in a good mattress.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol
These substances can disrupt your sleep, so try to avoid them, especially in the evening.
Limit screen time before sleep time
The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and computers can suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Try to avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime.
Relax before bed
Develop a pre-sleep routine to help you relax before bed. This could include activities such as reading, meditating, or listening to calming music.
Regular physical activity can help improve the quality of your sleep, as long as you finish your workout a few hours before bedtime.
Avoid eating heavy meals or drinking too much before bed. A light snack is fine, but a heavy meal can make it harder to fall asleep.
Consider using white noise
White noise can help you sleep better as it can mask noise that might wake you up.
Use Mindfulness Techniques
Consider mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation can also help you wind down at night.
Just a word of caution, it may take some time to see the effects of these changes, so be patient and persistent in implementing them.
If you try these tips and still have trouble sleeping, you may want to consult a doctor or a specialist to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
Hope this helps!
Nancy is a certified personal trainer & transformation life coach.
Areas of Expertise
Online Training, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Stress Reduction.