Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each and every night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of Americans fall short of this goal. That’s a problem because not getting enough pillow time may affect your health. Lack of sleep has been linked to depression, obesity, heart disease and more. These simple tips may help you catch more ZZZs as well as enjoy a more restorative slumber.
- Stick to a sleep schedule. Try to go to sleep and wake up about the same time every day. If you like to stay up late or sleep in on weekends, limit it to an extra hour. Being consistent helps your body maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle. Limiting daytime naps may also help you get better nighttime sleep.
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- Just say no to TVs and phones in your bedroom. Wind down by reading a book, doing a craft or playing a musical instrument. Research shows screen time before bedtime makes it more difficult to fall asleep and also affects sleep quality.
- Watch what you eat. Avoid big, heavy or spicy meals in the hours before bedtime. If you need a snack before hitting the sack, choose something good for your gut. There is a connection between your gut health and your sleep quality. Here’s something else to keep in mind: Poor quality sleep often leads to poor food choices. We’re talking to you sugar-crusted donuts and late-night nachos.
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Make a sleep-friendly environment by investing in fans and blackout curtains. A fan will keep the temperature down and provide white noise which may help lull you to sleep. Blackout curtains will shield you from the morning sun and help you hit the sack early.