Catch some ZZZ’s in honor of World Sleep Day
Today is World Sleep Day. We all know the importance of good sleep and certainly appreciate the benefits when can get restful sleep. However, many of us struggle to get good quality sleep on a consistent basis.
So, to celebrate World Sleep Day, we encourage you to make sleep a priority. Here are some resources to help you get the sleep you need.
From MHealthy, try this top 5 tips for restful sleep:
- Establish a regular routine that includes going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, even on weekends; consistent sleep and wake times will improve your overall health.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep every night. Most adults need approximately 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Go to bed when you are sleepy. If you have difficulty falling asleep within about 20 minutes, leave the bedroom and do something relaxing until you are sleepy. During this time, avoid bright lights.
- Give yourself time to wind down before going to bed. Avoid stress and worries at bedtime by addressing tomorrow’s activities, concerns or distractions earlier in the day. Certain activities, such as listening to soft music or reading, can help you wind down.
- Use your bed for sleeping. Avoid other activities in bed like watching TV or using a smartphone, which could make it more difficult to fall asleep. If you use a smartphone at bedtime, make sure that you dim the screen.
If you are a shift worker, visit the National Sleep Foundation for specific tips.
Not sure if the exhaustion you feel is related to sleep or other factions? Check out the article on the Michigan Health Blog featuring Deidre Conroy, sleep psychologist and wellness advocate.
Michigan Medicine also has resources on better sleep, including information on sleep trackers, strategies to stop insomnia, and sleep studies.