*I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.*
In one of my previous posts, I discussed a problem that I and nearly 4 million other Americans suffer from: insomnia. As much as I’d like to sweep my issues under the rug, this is something that needs to be discussed because it’s not just a problem for me, but a huge problem for Americans in general.
That said, I’d like to talk more about sleep. For instance, how do you get a good night’s sleep? Do you practice healthy sleep strategies? Many who do find that they get a better night’s rest. Here are a few strategies that truly make sense:
- Exercising Early — I quit smoking in February and joined the gym in June to inspire me to continue making healthy choices. The problem is that I often found myself going later in the evenings. However, did you know that exercising earlier in the day can help make you sleepier at night? For many, it actually strengthens your circadian rhythm.
- Disconnect — Put those electronics away at least an hour before bed. Yes, I said it. Unplug! Toss your devices in a drawer or leave them in your home office. The lights on your tablet or mobile phone can trigger the brain otherwise, which will result in you having a more difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep.
- Get comfy — Sometimes we have to remind our body that it needs to slow down and relax. Activities that promote relaxation, such as taking a nice warm bath, may help prepare your body for sleep.
- Go Dark — Our bodies look at light and darkness as indicators of when to wake and sleep. Therefore, turning out the lights can help program your body for sleep.
A full night of uninterrupted sleep can make all the difference in my day. I mean, imagine how good you feel when you get a good night’s rest. It’s like you’re a whole new person, right? Well, that’s why I’m going to be adopting some of these shut-eye strategies. I’m trying to be a healthier, happier person and sleep is a huge part of that.
My biggest challenge will be signing off from social media at least an hour before bedtime. Why is that so difficult? Well, hopefully it won’t be, but I know how I am. I like to check and double check that I’ve scheduled posts, reminded friends or family of plans, don’t have any new messages from readers, etc. I’m pretty sure I can manage this, but I know the first few days will be somewhat trying.
I’m most excited about getting back to a normal schedule with exercise, work (since I work from home) and I get to tell the hubby that we’re going dark (he likes to sleep with the TV on and I hate it). I can’t wait to share my experience with you all after I’ve practiced these strategies!
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