Five Tips to Get a Better Night's Sleep




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Getting a good amount of sleep each day is very important. Abnormal sleep patterns affect our emotional and physical health. We know that sometimes it can be hard to get to bed on time, so here are five key tips to get back on track with sleep.

 

 

  1. Set bedtime alarms- Most everyone sets an alarm for a specific time to wake up, but we rarely set alarms to lay down. It is important to make sure that we’re in bed at a reasonable time each night. The amount of sleep depends on the person, but it is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours each night.

  2. Reduce your “snoozing”- Although it can seem beneficial to hit snooze a few times each morning to get a few extra minutes of sleep, it is actually the opposite. When we hit snooze we are disrupting our REM sleep (REM sleep stimulates your brain the most and is where your brain exercises important neural connections). It is better to push the alarm off to a later time, therefore limiting the amount of times we press snooze.

  3. Keep it dark- It is best to keep your bedroom as dark as possible. Even minimal light can affect your sleep.

  4. Stop electronic usage- Research shows that when we use electronics before bed we have a harder time falling asleep. Stopping cell phone and/or computer usage at least an hour before bed can help you wind down faster

  5. Relax your mind- Often times when we get into bed our mind is still racing from the day's events. At least two hours before bed it is best to try and get these thoughts out and to put them to rest. Whether it is writing your thoughts down or talking them out with someone, it is always better to try and relieve your mind before going to sleep.

 

We hope you find these tips helpful and get the rest you deserve!

 

By: Tanya Berme






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