Sleep Well

Just like stress, lack of sleep can make your brain sluggish. When you are sleeping, the body is re-charging. To feel rested, the average person needs about 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Insomnia (trouble getting to sleep or falling asleep), busy schedules, and children may make it hard to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. However, too little sleep causes the same effects as stress: difficulty concentrating, problem-solving, and forgetfulness.

Counting sheep may not help you drift off to sleep but these suggestions might:

  • Create a bedtime routine: take a bath, brush your hair, turn off lights, put the kids to bed, etc.
  • Set a time to start your bedtime routine to help you wind down and relax
  • Empty your bladder before bedtime
  • Don’t drink or eat foods containing caffeine within 3-6 hours of bedtime
  • Manage stress with some of the suggestions above
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Do 20-30 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Darken your room
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid TV at bedtime

 

If you try these tips and still have trouble sleeping, contact your healthcare provider. Together you can find a solution to your sleeping problems.

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