Sleep is an often neglected yet critical aspect of maintaining optimal mental and physical health.
You have probably heard that you need to eat more vegetables and stay active in order to improve your health, but don’t forget to also catch some z’s! Sleep allows your body to rest and restore, which is why you may notice that when you don’t get a enough sleep, you’re tired, hungry, and maybe even grumpy the next day. But did you know that sleep can help you control your weight and boost your immunity so you’re less likely to get sick? In fact, not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can put you at greater risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Sleep also plays an important role in learning and your memory. Because sleep is so important, here are some things you can do to get that much-needed rest.
Having trouble falling asleep? Here are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to coast into an easy rest:
- Establish a relaxing routine before bed and try to go to bed around the same time every night.
- Steer clear of eating and drinking too much before you sleep — especially avoid those late day caffeine cravings.
- Tire your body by limiting naps and incorporating more physical activity into your day.
To improve the quality of your sleep, remember to keep it cool, dark, and quiet: Lower the temperature of your room a few degrees below average room temperature Limit screen time before bed. The blue light from tablets, smartphones, and computers tells the body that it’s daytime. Make your bedroom as pitch black as possible – consider dark curtains or wearing an eye mask.
A silent sleeping environment is ideal. Consider using earplugs or white noise to block out loud noises from outside. Quietly playing soothing nature sounds is okay too if it helps you relax. Wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow by preparing for better sleep tonight!
Of course, getting a good night’s sleep also helps contribute to your overall eye health. Regional Eye Optical is located at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:
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