Everyone knows the feeling of not getting enough sleep — like you’re dragging a 50-pound weight behind you throughout the day. You’re cranky, worn out and generally unmotivated.
Not getting enough sleep can make everything more difficult. Yet, most Americans continue to practice poor sleep habits that interrupt their ability to get the recommended seven to nine hours of restorative sleep each night. In some cases, people miss out on sleep because they’re stressed about their jobs, or their responsibilities as parents keep them awake at night. Other times, we simply refuse to unplug from our technology or push ourselves to stay up past a reasonable bedtime. No matter what the reasons we’re not getting enough sleep, it’s important to make a point of practicing better sleep habits for our overall health and well-being.
When we don’t give ourselves the opportunity for enough good, restorative sleep, we deprive our bodies and minds of a crucial opportunity to rest and recharge. Without the right amount of high-quality sleep each night, we put ourselves at risk for a variety of health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Sleeping enough each night does more than keep us in a good mood — it keeps us in good health, as well.
Getting sufficient sleep each night means we have to make a conscious effort to practice good sleeping habits. These include unplugging from laptops and other devices before bedtime, keeping our bedrooms dark and restful, and sticking to the same bedtime routine. Following good sleeping habits can go a long way to helping you get the right amount of restorative sleep each night, so you can feel more rested and alert throughout the day. Read the following guide, and you can avoid that 50-pound-weight feeling.
Check out this Infographic with Tips For Restorative Sleep created by Virginia Spine Institute