Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease . . . and can result in accidents that can occur from limited mental alertness, which can be very dangerous depending on what you do for a living and even driving around the block. It affects more areas of life than we realize.
Many people sacrifice sleep since there are so many things to accomplish and not enough time in the day. How about sacrificing less important commitments, and maintain a routine, setting a regular bedtime to get a full 8 hours sleep?
As a result of living with dysfunctional sleep patterns and bad habits developed from no regular routine, I have come to the conclusion that becoming "normal" involves a "normal routine" . . . not just drifting through life. Even a bird wakes up at dawn, following a routine, even though it is a free spirit like me.
Here are some facts to help you get a good night's sleep . . .
The secret to a great night’s sleep start with a dark, quiet and cool room, which will help your body realize it’s time for bed, and will help you stay asleep longer.
Exercise early . . . you may not be using up enough energy during the day if you can't wind down by bedtime . . . it helps you use your energy more efficiently during the day, boosts your metabolism and helps you think more clearly. The restless feeling you experience at night could possibly be replaced by the need to rest your tired body and mind, eager to hit the sack.
Opt for eating a healthier evening snack, such as fruit or popcorn . . . stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed. The digestive process can trigger strange dreams and nightmares, and disrupt your sleep cycle.
Stress is linked to a weakened immune system and promotes disease . . . and it can also affect your sleep cycle. Spend a little time clearing your mind, taking deep breaths and try to relax your body before going to sleep.
Develop a routine that is comfortable for you and stick to it . . . your body and the sleep cycle craves routine and in time will respond accordingly.
Turn off the television which keeps you awake longer . . . it captivates the mind and the imagination, stimulating your brain with vibrant colors and sounds.
A full night's sleep allows your body to rest and prepares you for the day ahead . . .