In another of our guest blogs, we look at the importance of sleep health and how you can improve it.
Sleep, and the lack of it, affects every aspect of your daily life.
It changes the way we react to stressors, the amount of pain and inflammation our bodies have to deal with, and even how we eat. Here are some of the ways a good night’s sleep can help you to improve your life, and how to make it easier to improve your sleep.
Improves Mental Health
When you sleep well, you are going to feel a lot better about yourself and the world around you, which makes it easier to be a lot happier in your skin.
Poor sleep makes you more likely to react negatively to any kind of stressor in your life, making it harder for you to deal with whatever the issue is. You’re also less likely to appreciate positive things that happen in your life, which just sucks.
Encourages Healing of Illnesses and Injuries
Getting a good night’s sleep also makes it significantly easier for your body to fight against any injuries, bacteria or viruses that you may have inflicted upon it.
Your body uses the time while you were asleep to do most of its fighting against these issues because it isn’t spending a lot of energy on your day-to-day functions. If you don’t have this time, it will be much slower to heal and much more likely to need more or higher dosages of your medication.
Reduces Snacking Urges
When you are not sleeping well, you are more likely to crave foods, likely with more carbs, more often, making it difficult to stick to a healthy diet.
It also makes it a lot harder for you to fall asleep at night because they are more likely to give you indigestion.
How Can You Improve Your Sleep Health?
Set a Strict Bedtime
Setting yourself a strict bedtime and wake up time will help you to train your body to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
This makes it a lot easier for you to start falling asleep and for your body to start producing melatonin on its own.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine Before Bed
Alcohol and caffeine have a huge impact on how you sleep. Caffeine, as you might expect, will keep you up for about 8 hours after you ingest it. That makes it hard to sleep.
Alcohol may make it a little easier for you to fall asleep in the first place, but it will also make you more likely to struggle to stay asleep through the night.
It’s best to keep alcohol consumption to at least 4 hours before you go to bed in order to avoid issues.
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can make huge changes to the speed at which you actually fall asleep and the length of time that you actually stay asleep.
Anxiety is a huge reason that many people struggle to sleep at night.
If you can work on alleviating your anxiety by meditating, journaling or taking anxiety medication, you are going to have a much easier time falling asleep and staying asleep.
Improve Your Sleep Space
One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to improve your space. You need to make sure that your mattress is both comfortable and supportive, which means you may need to replace it.
You should also try and clear out any distractions from your room to make it harder for you to find something else to do while you’re trying to fall asleep.
In the POWER to Live More CALM membership site, one of the Materials that is available is a printable Sleep Journal to help you to monitor and improve your sleep.