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Why Sleep is Important For Our Overall Health

Sleep is more important than we may think. It can take a toll on our body and cause unwanted health issues. Take a look at these 15 sleep practices that can help you get more zzzz's at night!


Sleep hygiene best practices 

1. Keep a regular schedule—our bodies like regularity. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times. With a regular schedule, your body will know when to release calming hormones before bed, and stimulating hormones to wake up.


2. Keep alcohol and caffeine moderate—-both will interfere with sleep. Try to avoid caffeine within 8-9 hours of your bedtime.


3.Eat and drink appropriately—a regular to smallish meal 2-3 hours before bed, one that is balanced in nutrients, can help facilitate sleep.


4.Try not to drink too much liquid in the hours before bed, which will help you avoid waking up for bathroom breaks.


5.Do a brain dump—-take a few minutes to write out a list of whatever is bugging you. Whatever is in your brain, get it out and on to paper.


6.Turn off electronics—digital devices stimulate our brain. We recommend unplugging from all screens at least 30 minutes before bed. This includes television, computers, and phones. The screens release a blue light that prevents our brain from preparing for sleep.


7.Stretch, read, de-stress before bed—-maybe some yoga poses, reading, or meditation.


8.Go to bed before midnight—this is better aligned with natural light cycles.


9.Sleep at least 7 hours—work backwards from here. If you need to wake up at 6AM, 11PM will be the latest you want to hit the pillow.


10.Exercise regularly—physical movement (especially outdoors) can promote restful sleep at night.


11.Take a bath or shower—a warm bath with epsom salts or even a cool shower (depending on personal preference) can promote restful sleep.


12.Keep the room dark—this means curtains, shades, and/or a sleep mask.


13.Have a stress-free/clutter-free bedroom—get rid of stacks of mail, boxes, clothes strewn about, etc.


14.Keep it cool—anywhere from 60-68 F appears to work best at night.

Use white noise—turn on a fan, humidifier, or HEPA filter


15.Get outside in the sunlight and fresh air during the day.


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