We all know how important sleep can be to our mental and physical health. Scientists have discovered that sleep helps us with our immune function, metabolism, memory, learning and other vital functions.
Chronic sleep loss is dangerous, as it can lead to several health problems, such as weight gain, high blood pressure and a compromised immune system. Yikes! When we don't get enough sleep, we get irritable and frustrated easily.
Try these tips to help get a good night's sleep!
- Do relaxing activities in the evening
- Do not eat, watch TV, read or work in bed
- Sleep only at bedtime. Don't take naps, especially in the late afternoon and evening
- Go to bed only when you feel sleepy
- If you lie awake for more than 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing until you get tired
- Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool
- Get regular exercise, but don't do a hard workout within two hours of going to bed
- Avoid alcohol and smoking before bedtime. Limit caffeine and avoid after noon
- Avoid foods that upset your stomach
- Review your prescription and non-prescription medications with a pharmacist to rule out side effects that affect your sleep
Getting a good night's sleep makes us feel ready to take on the world, and keeps us healthy and happy.