Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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Yes, It Matters

We know nutrition and exercise have important roles to play in our well-being, but sleep is critical also.  When we chronically miss sleep, we are more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, a weakened immune system and depression.  Not only that, it is much more of a challenge to make good decisions when you are tired.

How Much Do I Need?

Consider how you feel when you wake up.  Are you refreshed or do you feel tired?  Also, monitor how you progress through your day.  Are you finding it difficult to stay awake? There may be an issue with quantity or quality of sleep.

Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

  • Check your diet.  Limit snacking, caffeine and alcohol in the hours leading up to bedtime
  • Decrease stimulation.  Shut off the computer, the iphone, the TV.  Consider soft music, a bath, reading, mild stretching.  Don’t smoke.
  • Turn down the lights.  Darkness triggers the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles.
  • Make your bedroom conducive to sleeping.  A slightly cool temperature, a quiet room and a comfortable bed are essential.  There are apps available that will play ambient sounds or you can try a guided meditation.