With our busy lives and jam-packed schedules, sleep deprivation is a pretty common ailment these days. Did you know that not getting enough sleep can be quite detrimental to many areas of your life including:
• Thinking and learning abilities, impairing attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving
• Increases the risk of car accidents and on the job injuries
• Chronic lack of sleep can lead to more serious health problems such as heart problems, stroke and diabetes
A lowering of your libido, aging and depression and weight gain and no one wants that!
So what to do? Here are some tips to help you get more shut-eye:
Make sleep a priority just like other health priorities such as eating well and exercising. Make the amount of sleep you get a conscious choice and commit to it.
Develop a routine, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.
Create your sleep space for sleep rather then an all-purpose area. Eating in bed, watching TV in bed, or even working in bed can make it more difficult for you to sleep at night.
Avoid eating and exercise within three hours of going to sleep, this can be tough for night owls, but eating and exercise both get your body energized, not ready for rest. Although regular exercise can also contribute to better sleep its important to give your body plenty of time to wind down afterwards.
Turn off the lights and all electronics. That’s right hit the shut down button on your digital devices at least one hour before bedtime. Melotonin a sleep aid naturally created by the body is produced in total darkness and suppressed by the light emitted from TVs, cell phones etc.
Live in a place with lots of light and noise? Try a sleeping mask or try a white noise machine.
Still can’t quite get to dreamland? There are some great natural supplements that can help including melatonin and valerian. Stop by and ask your Tunie’s Vitamin expert for some suggestions.