18. Sleepyhead

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

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One of the major things identified as an issue for people is lack of sleep or sleep loss.  We all know we are supposed to get about 8 hours of the stuff…but most of us don’t know how to do this successfully.

Go back to the beginning.

Like a baby or small child our body follows certain routines and rhythms in which hormones are adjusted to aid us in sleep.  Both falling asleep and staying asleep.

  • Develop a sleep routine for yourself.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Keep screens out of the bedroom and off for an hour prior to sleep.
  • If something is on your mind put it on paper. (Keep a pad of paper and pen at the bedside for this purpose.) It helps to rid the anxious energy from your body and your mind is reassured that you won’t forget come morning.
  • Avoid caffeine from noon on. (If you are getting enough sleep maybe caffeine won’t feel required.)
  • Have a warm bath before bed.  It helps to set your body temperature so it rises, then falls aiding your body to get to sleep and stay in a deeper sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol. (Okay, most nights avoid alcohol…)
  • When you wake up in the morning go outside and look towards the sun.  It helps your body to regulate hormones and circadian rhythms and will make falling asleep easier (eventually).
  • Get enough physical activity.  You sleep better when your body is also tired and has worked.  60 minutes of physical activity per day is the recent go-to. If you build that into your day by taking the stairs, walking when you can and playing tag with the kids you’re already set.

These are just a few of the basics to aid in sleep.  Sleeping well is a learned behaviour, but is also a complex issue for many people.  It is something worth looking at.  Your metabolism, outlook in life, and general well-being improves with good sleep habits.

Give yourself better health and get to sleep!

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

Oops!!! Did you notice I missed a post? Yup missed day 18.  It was written and ready to go, but I skipped right to 19.  Maybe a sign I need more sleep.  Good thing my husband is back home and I’m back to sleeping well…he was gone the week of mix up (and the chaos which ensued was likely the reason why this ball got dropped!)  Hope you enjoy it – and a good night’s rest.

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