- Thomas Dekker, American actor
As many of us know, the average, healthy adult requires seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night in order to feel well-rested the following day. Though, there are many obstacles that might hinder one's ability to achieve this, such as insomnia or anxiety.
Proper sleep hygiene, which is made up of the good habits we employ to rest well, helps us navigate these obstacles on the road to better sleep.
What are the Health Benefits of Sleep?
There is no doubt that sleep is important.
Sleep improves concentration and memory formation as it provides the brain, along with your body, a time to rest and heal. Many of your muscles and cells repair while you sleep. With this comes a reduced risk of injury and falling, along with reduced anxiety and depression.
It goes without saying that energy levels improve with proper sleep and your immune system stays strong. Though, did you know that it can help you have a healthier heart? According to WebMD, “While you sleep, your blood pressure goes down, giving your heart and blood vessels a bit of a rest. The less sleep you get, the longer your blood pressure stays up during a 24-hour cycle. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, including stroke.
With proper sleep, both in quality and quantity, your mind, body and emotions improve. We’ve all experienced having to struggle through the day with little to no sleep; it is not enjoyable. So, at the very least, try to get at least seven hours of shut eye each night.
8 Tips to Improve Sleep Hygiene
- Avoid caffeine in the evening
- Refrain from using electronics before bed
- Create a routine; go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- Minimize liquid intake before bed
- Exercise frequently, especially aerobic exercise
- Practice meditation/yoga
- Relax before bed – take a warm bath and/or read
- Set boundaries and make your bedroom for sleep only – no work
Try to incorporate a number of these tips to help improve sleep hygiene. If you’re curious about your sleep cycle, you may be interested in trying sleep tracking applications, such as Sleep Cycle. If you need assistance with meditating or enjoy relaxing hymns, Insight Timer is a great resource with a plethora of guided meditations and tranquil sounds.
If all else fails and you struggle to achieve proper rest, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. To learn about the Moorings Park Communities concierge physicians, world-renowned health care services, wellness programs, and life-enriching amenities, please visit MooringsPark.org.