Good sleep is fundamental to good health. Incorporating healthy sleep habits can make a world of difference in your lifestyle. If you are tired of feeling like you aren't getting enough sleep, we challenge you to begin incorporating small changes in your daily routine that will ultimately make a huge impact on your life. Approximately 44% of people rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on work nights. As a result, highly fatigued workers are 70% more likely to be involved in accidents than workers reporting low fatigue levels. Integrate some of these tips and tricks into your routine to better your sleep health.
- Make time for sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function properly the next day.
- Avoid big meals before bedtime. Give yourself 2-3 hours between eating and going to bed. This gives your body time to digest. Otherwise, you may experience heartburn or indigestion that could prevent you from having a comfortable rest.
- Power down to recharge. Blue light from screens can disrupt your circadian rhythm and affect your ability to sleep. Be sure to turn off electronics before bed.
- Make your bedroom all about sleep. Invest in a comfortable mattress, pillow & bedding to provide your body with proper support.
- Exercise during the day. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 83 percent of people said they slept better when they exercised. However, exercising at least 2 hours before bed will help your body wind down and get ready for sleep.
- Have a bedtime routine. Do the same relaxing things before bed each night. Take a warm shower, read or listen to quiet music. This will trigger your body to let you know it is time to get ready to sleep.
- Be consistent! Set a regular bedtime and alarm so your body naturally learns when to sleep and when it should be woken.
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