Why Sleeping Better Is So Important
Do you want to make a positive impact on your life every day (and night)?
To improve your mental and physical health, stress level, and even your skin?
Of course you do!
Everybody wants to sleep better – at least, once we’re past the age when we think it’s fun to burn the midnight oil with work or partying.
If you’re past that stage but never gave much thought to how you sleep, then stop right now.
“Sleep is as important for good health as diet and exercise,” the National Institutes of Health says. “Good sleep improves your brain performance, mood, and health. Not getting enough quality sleep regularly raises the risk of many diseases and disorders. These range from heart disease and stroke to obesity and dementia.”
The agency says there are three aspects to sleep – how much you get; the quality of it; and having a consistent sleep schedule.
It’s so important because of all the work our brains and bodies get done when we sleep. It’s not just about “resting” for a while.
Sleep helps us learn, remember and create. It gives time to repair everything from blood vessels to the immune system.
Most adults need at least 7 hours a night. And, despite the popular myth, we can “catch up” on weekends.
So, follow these no-nonsense tips to get more and better sleep.
- Stick to a schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
- Exercise every day.
- Get natural sunlight – 30 minutes/ day is ideal
- Avoid nicotine and caffeine, which are stimulants and stay in your body for hours.
- Don’t drink or eat too much before bedtime.
- Unplug from your devices a minimum of an hour before bedtime.
- Keep your sleeping area cool, quiet and dark. Electrical tape over any lights.
- Turn off Wifi in your house or apartment at night.
It’s the stuff that dreams – and so much more – are made of.
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.