A lot of us are playing catch up with our lives, overscheduling, so we don’t miss out on anything.
Your body will tell you when you need to stop and get some sleep. We need to listen.
Not all people need the same amount of sleep – but we all need solid, restful hours of slumber.
Here is a short list to get you started:
1. Stay on a schedule. That means going to bed and getting up the same time, every day. Not just during the work week. Throwing your body’s clock off during the weekend won’t be helpful come Monday.
2. Eat a healthy small snack before bed. Not sure about you, but some of us eat dinner earlier in the evening and by the time we go to bed, we can’t sleep due to thinking about what we are going to have for breakfast. If that is you, have a healthy (and small) snack, such as yogurt, piece of fruit or small bowl of cereal.
3. Keep it dark. Some research shows that even a little light in the bedroom or coming in from a window can reduce the quality and quantity of sleep. Think blackout window panels. If you camp, you can buy a blackout tent too!
4. Keep the room cool. Too warm or stuffy a room may work against getting to --and staying -- asleep. Keep a cozy blanket nearby to use when it gets nippy.
5. Take a warm bath or shower. You will be more relaxed and ready for sleep.
Have fun, but don’t forget to get your shut-eye too.
For more good sleep ideas check out these sleep blog posts.