Sleep is essential for every mammal on the Earth. When we sleep our bodies are healing themselves from all the demands that were put on it throughout the day, this should be sacred time that we prioritize to make sure that we can function as efficiently as possible. We are constantly stimulated all day every day, consciously and unconsciously by our phones, LED lights, TV, computers and electromagnetic waves from outlets, power lines and microwaves. This constant stimulation has caused sleep issues for over half the world’s population. Circadian rhythms are how are body naturally puts us to sleep and wakes us up according the patterns of the sun. Varied work schedules, homework, kids and social activities have thrown us out of rhythm causing fatigue, headaches, higher stress levels and exacerbating depression and anxiety. Health should be a priority for everyone and a foundation for good health and vitality starts with a good night sleep. Good sleep starts with having a sleep routine.
Turn off all electronics and stimulating lights 30 minutes before bed, better yet keep these items out of your bedroom. Read a book, magazine or spend quality time with your partner or reading to your children instead.
Do not eat or drink anything within 2 hours of going to bed, nightcaps are the worst for a good night sleep.
Keep it cool, the best temperature for your room is around 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turn on white noise, a fan, meditation music or ocean sounds.
If you have trouble falling asleep because of the demands that await the next day keep a pad and paper by the bed to write out a to do list to get everything out and on to paper.
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