With my hectic lifestyle and busy schedule, one of the hardest things for me to accomplish on a consistent basis is getting enough sleep. Skipping a few hours of sleep to get try to get everything else accomplished is always very tempting, but what you may not realize is just how important those hours of sleep can be! Consistent sleep loss can result in depression and anxiety, memory loss and even weight gain. It can also negatively affect the way your immune system functions, making it harder for you to fight off pesky microscopic invaders. Since May is Better Sleep Month, I am going to commit to making bedtime a priority and I plan to stop consuming anything with caffeine a minimum of 6 hours before then. They say it takes 30 days to break a habit, so I’m hoping that devoting all of next month to #CommitToSleep will help me develop new and improved sleep habits that will stick around for a long time. Please comment below to share what you plan to do to commit to sleep in May.
Tips to help you make sure you are getting enough sleep:
- Drink fewer caffeinated beverages. Lots of people must have their coffee in the morning and many also add teas and sodas throughout the day. A moderate amount of caffeine early in the day doesn’t normally affect most people, but cutting it out completely 6 to 8 hours before bed can help you get more ZZZZs.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule. Set a regular bed time and try to stick to it to give your body the consistency it craves. We schedule everything else these days, why not sleep time?
- Designate your bed as relaxing only space. Don’t do work or pay bills or anything else that adds to your stress level in bed. Save those tasks for daytime or if you must do them at night, pick a different place like the couch or dining table.
- Combat daily stress with calming activities. A hot bath, a few minutes of meditation or reading a few chapters of a good book can help get you into a better mental state to prepare for sleep.
- Get those regular workouts in. Exercise can help relieve muscle tension and help calm your mental state. Some experts say that exercising too close to bedtime can actually make you more alert so make sure to finish workouts at least an hour before bed time.
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