Many people underestimate the importance of restful, quality sleep. It directly correlates with your physical and mental health. During sleep, your body is working to support brain function and maintain physical health. Inadequate sleep over time can raise your risk for chronic long-term health problems.
Improve your sleep with these 5 simple tips:
- Stick to a schedule– Adhering to a schedule helps to regulate your body and help it to know when it is time to wind down. Set a fixed time to wake up and be in bed by in order to help your body to get accustomed to a schedule
- Create a restful environment– Your bedroom should be your sanctuary! Dim the lights, add blackout curtains, turn off devices, set a cool temperature, play background noise, etc.
- Implement physical activity– Daily physical activity can promote better sleep at night. Try implementing at least a walk everyday to promote better sleep.
- Create a bedtime routine– Similar to the schedule tip, cultivating a bedtime routine is essential in letting your body know that it is time for bed. Wind down 30 minutes before bed by reading a book, drinking tea, lowering the lights and disconnecting from devices.
- Limit daytime naps– Daytime naps can interfere with the quality of nighttime sleep and your schedule. Limit daytime naps to no more than an hour and not too close to bedtime.