Sleep is one of the most important factors in our overall health. As a nurse and having worked under a Naturopathic Doctor, I have learned that sleep as a foundation of health is vital! If we don’t take sleep seriously, our body (and therefore mind and spirit) will suffer. Research shows adults need anywhere from 6 to 9 hours of sleep – this varies from person to person but the average is 7. Sleep is the time when the brain can process, file, download, reorganize, and rejuvenate. You know the feeling when you haven’t had enough sleep – jittery, shaky, delirious, dull, delayed responses, irritable – just to name a few. Let’s commit to giving our body that little bit of love and self-care so we are better able to serve as a productive force in the universe! Some good tips for getting better sleep:
Turn off screens and dim lights 1 hour prior to bed (this includes phones, tablets, kindles, etc.) – try falling asleep to a good book or some music and avoid scrolling Facebook or watching TV.
Make going to bed around the same time each night a habit – as best you can.
Don’t nap too often during the day – use the bed only for sleeping at night.
Don’t drink a lot of liquids 1 hour before bed – this prevents people from having to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and disrupt deep sleep cycles.
And last but certainly not least…do something physical during the day – it can be a workout in the morning or a simple brisk walk after dinner, just make sure you’ve moved! Being sedentary makes it hard for the body to get tired and to then fall asleep.
All these combined can have an amazing effect on your quality and quantity of sleep! Restful sleep enables you to have more energy during the day and get more done than you imagined possible. It also keeps you in a better mental state (happier) and more resilient.