And why getting a good night’s rest is good for your health

Sleep is one of the most important factors to our overall health. How many times have you blamed a cranky outburst on being tired? Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, we’ve compiled some tips for you to get you in some good bed time habits.

  1. Try and keep your sleep schedule consistent. If you fall asleep and wake up at similar times, it creates a routine for your body, and helps regulate your body clock
  2. Have a good bed-time ritual. Maintain a relaxing, routine activity that you associate falling asleep with. Avoid activities that cause excitement, stress or anxiety. (that includes incessant social media scrolling.)
  3. Avoid heavy meals, alcohol and being hungry before you fall asleep. A full stomach can cause discomfort and indigestion while you sleep. Your last snack should be at least an hour before bed.
  4. How old are your mattress and pillows? Time for a replacement? Invest in new, comfortable bed wear. It might seem like an expensive investment to begin with, but something you’ll be thanking yourself for later.  Your bedroom environment in general can play a key part in relaxing or falling asleep.
  5. Practice meditation or mindfulness if you can’t still your mind. Tips, here.
  6. Exercise daily: your mental and physical states usually need to be on an equilibrium to achieve a good night’s sleep

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