Do you get enough Beauty Sleep?
If you are like me, you stay up late and wake up early. When you finally do fall asleep it seems that the alarm sounds way too soon so you hit the snooze button at least a couple of times to get those few extra minutes of beauty sleep.
Then when you realize how late it is you jump out of bed, grab a cup of caffeine to get your eyes open, and your brain functioning, rush to get dressed , grab a bite to eat and run out the door. By the time you get to work you feel tired already!
Can you relate?
Do we really get enough good quality sleep to keep ourselves healthy mentally and physically?
Does everyone need the same amount of sleep?
Not necessarily. You may find that you need anywhere between 3 and 12 hours of sleep. If you sleep that much (or little) and you feel fine, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
There’s no evidence for the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night. Some people who need less sleep feel pressured to sleep for longer, because everyone tells them they should be getting more sleep in order to be healthy, and their worrying leads to insomnia!
Do you sometimes feel drowsy during the day?
You may even think you are getting enough sleep but there is such a thing as “bad sleep” which is a mixture of lying in bed and actual sleep. If you toss and turn or get up in the middle of the night several times to go to the bathroom are you really getting a full night’s sleep?
Here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep to rejuvinate you and help you stay healthy.
- Don’t eat in the last few hours before you go to bed, (especially sweets!) a full stomach can interrupt sleep, not to mention causing you to gain weight.
- If you need to eat then stick to foods such as milk, turkey, yogurt, ice cream, soy beans, tuna, and peanuts that have high levels of Tryptophan that help the body produce Serotonin in order to relax.
- Don’t exercise in the last hour or so before you go to bed, as it boosts your heart rate, and makes you even wider awake. I now this one by experience!
- Don’t drink the hour before you go to sleep, and use the bathroom right before you go to bed so you won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself.
- Don’t read, watch TV, listen to music, or anything that engages your mind when you’re getting ready to sleep.
- Avoid alcohol which will make you feel sleepy, but it will reduce the quality of your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine late at night that can affect your sleep.
- Avoid taking naps during the day.
A lack of physical exertion during the day can reduce the quality of your sleep, as the body uses sleep to repair and recover. But if there isn’t much exertion to recover from, your body’s sleep cycle could be disrupted.
Regular exercise can help ou get a deeper and more restful sleep.
Try to keep to a routine by waking up at the same time everyday of the week, this will help your body adjust to going to bed the same time every night.
Don’t stay up if you feel sleepy.
Don’t go to bed if you’re not sleepy.