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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? 7 Tips to Help You Get the Rest You Need

If you’re tired, you’re not alone. According to studies, about forty percent of us don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep regularly, and it’s becoming an epidemic we can’t afford to ignore. Most people don’t realize that not getting enough sleep has a big impact on our health, but it does.

According to Harvard Woman’s Health Watch, chronic sleep deprivation causes a variety of health issues that include, high blood pressure, a lowered immune system, weight gain, brain fog, cardiovascular health, and mood.

We know we need sleep, but for some of us, it’s just not that easy to come by. Whether it’s due to a busy lifestyle, an odd work schedule or stress keeping you awake, not getting sufficient sleep is doing a lot of harm to our health.

According to Dr. Lawrence Epstein, the risks of insufficient sleep can have a big impact on both health and life expectancy. So, what can we do to ensure we get the sleep we need?

According to the National Institute of Health, seven to eight hours of sleep every night is ideal for adults to maintain health and well-being. If you have trouble getting the sleep you need, these 7 tips may help.

Turn off electronic devices at least thirty minutes before bedtime. Studies show that the light from electronic devices disturbs circadian rhythms that help us to fall asleep.

Have a routine. Go to bed at the same time each night. Having a routine can give your body signals of when its time to go to sleep.

Don’t have alcohol, caffeine or nicotine late in the day. The stimulating effects can take longer to wear off than expected.

Find something to help you relax before bedtime such as music, reading or a hot bath. Creating a relaxation ritual helps to promote a better night sleep.

Limit late afternoon naps. Napping during the day can make it harder to fall asleep at night.

Let go of negative thoughts and worry. If you have things on your mind, try to find a solution before bedtime so you can let them go and get the rest you need.

Include physical activity in your daily routine. Physical activity is good for us on so many levels, but most people don’t realize that it can also promote a good night sleep. The key is not to work out too close to bedtime.

Sleeping is an essential part of a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, so making sure you get what you need is vital. If you find it difficult to get the rest you need, consult with a health professional.


REFERENCES

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/04/benefits-slumber https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency
https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_sleep_and_health
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379
https://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/top-15-better-sleep-tips/


Maria Pease 

Health & Wellness Writer Bio

Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.