Sleep is incredibly important for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Several functions happen while we sleep that are necessary for our bodies’ regeneration and longevity.
But many Americans are just not getting enough sleep, which can lead to various health problems that can be very serious. In a busy world, it can be difficult. But it is imperative that, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you start trying out new habits — and ditching bad sleep habits — to make sure that your body and mind are getting enough rest.
1. Avoid caffeine before bed. This may seem obvious. But what’s not so obvious are the numerous items you may consume that have caffeine in them — it’s not just coffee and tea. Experts warn that intake of caffeine within six hours of going to bed can have negative impacts on your sleep, making it difficult to fall asleep in the first place.
2. Keep clear of blue lights during your evenings. Exposure to light during the evenings can trick your body into thinking it’s time to get up. Our bodies have a reaction to light that’s much deeper than just being able to see; it regulates processes within our body that affect our circadian rhythms.
Unfortunately, many Americans are dealing with sleep side effects from evening blue light exposure and they don’t even know it. Some items to stay away from in the evening that may drastically impact your sleep are your laptop or desktop computer and your cell phone. This can seem like a daunting task, but your sleep health is well worth it.
3. Be consistent! Our circadian rhythms regulate all types of functions within our bodies. But that “rhythm” is something we want to align ourselves with for optimal sleep health. And, just like any rhythm, it’s important to stay in tune.
Going to bed and waking up around the same time each day can do wonders to getting a good night’s sleep regularly.
Contrariwise, an irregular sleeping pattern can wreak havoc on your sleep.
So, make sure you’re not staying up late on weekends, as it’s hurting your week’s sleep.
If you’ve been experiencing sleeping difficulties, try these tips out going forward. And remember that healthy sleep is gained by what we do throughout the day. Avoid caffeine and blue lights before bed, make sure you’re being consistent with your sleep times, and be sure to get some form of exercise each day to regulate your sleeping patterns and get the most out of your nightly rest.