Sleep and well-being go hand in hand, and getting a good night’s sleep is just as important to your overall health as eating well and exercising regularly. Sleep is also important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. Sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs.Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesise hormones. This is why it is important to develop healthy sleeping habits in order to meet our sleep needs every night.
1. Keep a routine
- Try to get your body into a healthy routine and stick to it.
2. Heightened awareness
- Limit screen time before bed and in the evening, if using screens consider dimming the light on your screen or investing in blue light blocking glasses.
3. Exercise during the day
-Regular cardiovascular exercise during the day, particularly in the morning or early afternoon, helps deepen your sleep. Avoid intense exercise two hours before going to bed.
4. Avoid napping during the day
-Try to get your body into a healthy routine and stick to it.
5. Understand the effects of caffeine and alcohol
-Caffeine intake 4-6 hours before bedtime affects your ability to fall asleep.Even though some people drink alcohol and are able to sleep it is disruptive to your circadian rhythm.
6. Natural sleep vs pills
-Sleeping pills disrupt our natural circadian rhythm, which in turn affects mood, attention and many other
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