Make Sure to Get Your ZZZs

Most of us think that the best routes to a health life are eating good friends and exercising. While those are very true, getting a good night’s sleep is also right at the top of the list.  

In our busy schedules, sleep is often the last thing we prioritize. We go to bed too late, wake up too early. And, when we do sleep, it’s not always restful sleep. We either toss and turn or worries and anxious thoughts keep up us at night. So, if sleep is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, how do you get it?  

First, make start winding down a couple of hours before to bed. This means not eating anything too late, and if you know you may have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, stop consuming liquids. Also, start putting away electronics. Relax with a warm bath or a good book.  

Then, it’s time to start your night-time routine. This should include brushing your teeth, slipping into comfortable pajamas, washing your face, and setting out your clothes and supplies for the morning. When you get into bed, do not bring your phone. If you can, keep your phone plugged into another room.  

Reading before bed is a good way to get the body ready for sleep, so is listening to soothing music or a sleep meditation. If you are easily disturbed by noises throughout the night, try ear plugs, a fan, or a white-noise machine. 

It’s also important that you have the right tools for sleeping. If you have a bad back or your sleep is restless, it could be because of your mattress. There are so many great mattresses out there these days, so do some research to find one that best fits you. While you are at it, get a nice down comforter and sheets as well as some pillows. Add several soft lamps near the bed to help you unwind at night. 

Remember your bedroom should be a sanctuary, and sleeping is the only activity to be done in your bed. Do not work from there or eat. You want to create the environment that this is a place for calm and relaxation.  

It might be tempting to use medication to help fall asleep, and while these pills are useful, one should not rely on them each night. If you really need an extra boost to get to sleep, try natural supplements like melatonin.  

We hope these tips are helpful and that you next sleep is a restful one!

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