Every day we have what feels like a million things to do, but the one thing we often put off is sleep. It’s crazy that something that would seem essential is often sacrificed. We did some research to find out how beneficial sleep can really be and compiled it for your judgment here.
It’s no secret that a good night’s rest means you’re alert and energized for a new day. When you wake up feeling rested you actually have more energy to spare throughout the day. Getting into that healthy routine means no minute will go wasted.
Helps Your Body Heal
Since there is less pressure on your heart to work hard when you’re asleep, this helps your body heal and recover. The release of hormones can slow your breathing and relax your muscles for a quick and speedy recovery.
Improves Your Mental Health
There are two categories of sleep and when you’re in a deep “quiet sleep”, the same sleep you experience when your body is healing, improves your mental health. As your body temperature and heart rate drop you’re muscles relax. It’s also proven that less sleep makes you irritable (a given, if you ask me), makes you more forgetful, and slows your thinking.
How Can you Improve Your Sleep?
There are several ways in which you can improve your sleep and consequentially improve other parts of your life as well. Here are a few suggestions.
- Avoid Electronics Before Bed – Did you know that the light emitted from your electronics can be overstimulating and disrupt your ability to sleep?
- Avoid Stimulants Before Bed – Caffeine and Sugar and just two of the things that will keep you up all night
- Reduce Excessive Napping – We all love a good nap but too much napping can result in you struggling to fall asleep when you’re meant to
- Customize Your Environment – A great way to ensure you get a good night’s rest is to customize your environment to your sleep preferences. Adjust the temperature, put on some music, try a weighted blanket! Making your space tailored to you is bound to guarantee a great way to sleep.
Do you struggle or have you struggled with your sleep? What’s your nighttime routine? Let us know in the comments!