You might feel like the hours you spend in bed are lost time that you could have used doing other things. However, getting enough sleep is actually as important to your health as eating right and exercising. It is not something that you can skimp on and expect your body to run at peak performance.
A lack of sleep contributes to all sorts of potential health problems. You have an increased likelihood of becoming depressed, having very bad memory problems, gaining weight and having a serious car accident when your body is perpetually sleep deprived.
How do you know if you are getting enough sleep? Rather than judging by how many hours you are sleeping each night, take a look at how you are feeling instead. Are you always sleepy? Do you have to have a few cups of coffee or other caffeinated drinks to get you through your busy day? When you go to bed, do you actually get a good restful sleep? Do you fall asleep in front of the television at night all the time?
All of these can be indicators that you need to get more sleep.
There are several things you can do to make sure you get enough sleep and improve your daily life.. First of all, pick a bedtime and stick to it every night, including weekends. Your body will get used to a routine and it will be much easier for you to fall asleep faster.Try to cut back on your caffeine intake, especially the last few hours before bedtime. Caffeine can linger in your system for as long as 5 hours so try to never have a cup later than 5pm or so if you want to get to bed early and sleep well. Make sure you exercise at least a little bit each day.
This will reduce your stress, burn off some excess energy and make it easier to relax and fall asleep at night.
Getting enough sleep is essential to your overall health and well-being. By doing a quick assessment, you can determine if you need to get more sleep each night. Making a few simple adjustments in your routine can go a long way toward helping you get a restful night’s sleep. You will feel better and be healthier as a result!