Did you know that an estimated 29% of American adults report that they get six or less hours of sleep a night? According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that our bodies need, at the very least, need seven hours or more to function properly, or else health complications may arise. People who aren’t getting better sleep may suffer from such issues as depression, anxiety, weight gain, and be at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers.
Here are a few ways you can start getting better sleep so that you can avoid such serious issues.
Manage Your Stress.
Not getting better sleep can cause stress, which in turn holds people back from getting better sleep. It’s a vicious cycle, but it can be broken. Consider some healthy ways to mitigate your stress, like organizing your desk, delegating tasks, and adjusting your priorities. Take a break if you need to during the day. Participate in hobbies or activities that calm and center you, like sports, crafts, meditation or even just getting out in the sunshine for a walk. Find some way to cut your stress levels down, and you’ll start sleeping easier.
Pay Attention to Your Hunger and Thirst Before Bed.
You’ve probably heard that it’s a bad idea to eat or drink just before going to bed, and if you want to lose weight, you’re probably more than happy going to bed hungry. However, a better weight loss strategy would be to go to bed satisfied. Getting better sleep has been shown to help people lose more than 14 pounds a year, believe it or not. The key is not to eat too much, nor too little. There are certain healthier snacks that are fine to eat before going to bed, such as yogurt or a bowl of healthy cereal.
Bring in the Big Guns.
There are also several medical issues that give people problems sleeping at night, such as sleep apnea or insomnia. In such circumstances, these natural ways to sleep better may be of no help, and you may need to get a more ergonomic bed to improve sleep comfort. Failing that, you can also ask your doctor about prescriptive medications that might help.
These are just a few of the several ways to get a good night sleep.If you have any questions about getting better sleep, or any other suggestions, feel free to ask in the comments.