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Nightly Routines: Five Ways to Make Quality Sleep A Priority
When it comes to your health, how you sleep can have a huge influence across the board.
The quality and quantity of our sleep determines:
- How we function on a daily basis
- Our risk for a wide array of medical conditions
- Our overall feeling of well-being
But making sleep a top priority can be challenging in a hectic world. A recent study found that just 35% of Americans receive the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. Worse yet, prevalent and often untreated conditions, like obstructive sleep apnea, affect millions of people on a nightly basis.
So with packed schedules and busy lives, how do you make sleep a top priority?
It starts by adhering to these guidelines and tips to ensure that getting ample rest is part of your nightly routine.
1. Pay Attention to Your Sleep Quality
If you are getting seven of more hours of sleep every night, but still feel tired and lethargic the next day, there may be an issue with your sleep.
Look for signs that you may have a common problem like obstructive sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, morning headaches, or a lack of energy in the daytime hours. Get tested and treated as soon as possible to start getting a better night’s rest.
2. Make Your Bedtime Routine a Highlight of The Day
It’s easy to make sleep a priority if it’s something you look forward to, so make the end of your day enticing.
Use the moments before bedtime to do a quiet activity you enjoy, such as taking a hot bath, reading a book, or another calming activity that will signal your brain it’s time to rest.
3. Keep a Set Schedule
A varying sleep schedule can affect the body like jet lag, and can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep on a regular basis.
So keep your bedtime as consistent as possible, even on weekends, so that your brain and body can fully recharge on a nightly basis.
4. Leave the Stresses Outside of the Bedroom
Our bedrooms often serve multiple purposes. They can be a place we work, exercise, eat, and even entertain ourselves through TVs and other devices.
But the problem is that when our bedroom becomes a multi-purpose room, it can be hard to actually concentrate on sleep. So leave the distractions outside, and use the bedroom for its intended purpose: as a place to actually rest and unwind.
5. Remember That Sleep Is an Investment
You already do so much to make your work, home, and everyday life better. But did you know that sleep is one of the best things you can do for productivity and your health?
Quality and consistent sleep can help your mood, your brain power, your energy levels, and your risk factors for a wide array of medical conditions. So always remember just how important sleep is for your day-to-day life.
By keeping in mind how essential sleep is to how we function, and essentially thinking of it as an investment, you can continue to make a good night’s rest a top priority that will help you be at your best on a daily basis.
Do you suspect a problem with your sleep? Don’t hesitate to contact us for any sleep-related questions.