Getting proper sleep at night is one of the most important ways of maintaining your health. It’s right up there with a proper diet and regular exercise in terms of importance to your health.
However, plenty of people aren’t getting the right kind of sleep to keep themselves healthy. That’s especially true in the US. According to the CDC, 1 out of 3 adults in the country doesn’t get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. That’s the minimum amount of sleep an adult needs. If you’re sleep-deprived, you’re more likely to have problems with obesity, depression, and heart disease.
So what should you do? Here are ways that can help make sure that you sleep like a baby every night:
Schedule More Relaxing Hours in Your Day Schedule
Plenty of people work too many hours during the day, so they don’t have enough hours left for any other activity. This means people may be forced to choose between sleeping and doing something fun, and some people aren’t choosing sleeping when they ought to.
People do need time to relax while they’re awake, and you have to factor that in with your schedule. Put in a period in your schedule for your Internet activities, and for other activities like reading and watching TV. Pencil in some time in your schedule with your friends as well. These social activities must be scheduled so that they don’t steal hours from your sleeping schedule instead.
It’s easier to fall asleep at night when you’ve done some physical activity during the day to make you feel tired. You should exercise at least 20 or 30 minutes a day, although these exercises should not be done within a few hours of your bedtime. These exercises can keep you more alert at first, which is why they should be done earlier in the day.
Lead an Active and Healthy Social Life
It’s been found that how people sleep can be affected by the state of our social relationships. Having a healthy social life helps you manage your stress, which then makes it easier to fall asleep.
Have a Routine for Sleeping
Having a routine prepares your body and mind for sleep. Your mind and body can’t be turned on and off instantly. You have to wind things down.
You can do this with this simple 1-hour ritual. Start off with the first 20 minutes just wrapping things up to prepare for the next day. The next 20 minutes can be for your regular hygienic activities, like brushing your teeth and urinating. The last 20 minutes can be reserved for a relaxing activity like reading a calming book (not horror fiction), listening to soothing music, or just meditating.
Design Your Bedroom for Sleeping
Use blackout curtains to keep out the bright lights from outside. Make sure the colors and artwork in your bedroom are soothing and relaxing, not jarring and stimulating. Invest in a bed that really supports how you sleep.
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