Getting enough sound sleep has a profound impact on your stress levels, immune function and disease resistance. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, forgetful, accident-prone, and will cause you to have difficulty concentrating or coping with life's daily aggravations.
Long-term sleep loss can also result in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression, and anxiety. While asleep, your body and immune system do most of its repairs and rejuvenation. A good nights rest is essential to making sure your days are as productive energy filled as possible.
Here are some tips that may help you get a better nights sleep:
- Turn off all monitors that may distract you from relaxation at least one hour prior to getting ready for bed
- Recall winding down techniques you practiced as a child to help settle yourself in for sleep. Read a book, brush your teeth, etc.
- Avoid eating junk foods too close to bed time. It takes a lot of energy to break these foods down and may disrupt your ability to fall asleep
- Try to get into a sleep schedule that allows you to maximize the hours you're asleep that will you leave you the most refreshed in the morning
- Incorporate exercise into your morning routine so you begin the day with more energy. It also makes you more prepared for sleep as you are more exhausted at the end of the day
Written by Altimont Parker, SUNY New Paltz Intern for Roots & Wings