The Essentials of Sleep
We should spend over one third of our lives sleeping, but many don’t understand the significance or importance of getting a good night’s rest. Sleep is an integral part of the wellness lifestyle. With summer winding down and school starting again, make it your goal to begin the year well rested by following these easy tips:
Skip the afternoon pick-me-up Caffeine is the culprit for countless cases of insomnia. Try staying away from beverages such as black tea, coffee, or soda at least 3-4 hours before bedtime. Remember, even “decaf” has small amounts of caffeine!
Unplug before bedtime There are cells in the eyes that can affect the ability to fall asleep by registering whether it’s night or day. These cells cannot differentiate between natural and artificial light, so watching TV or staring at your phone right before bed could be the reason you are unable to fall asleep. Try eliminating these light sources at least an hour before bedtime.
Rely on your internal clock A regular sleep schedule is conducive to a good night’s rest. Going to bed and waking up around the same time each day will help support your internal clock. When your body says it’s time to sleep, listen to it!