Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, yet millions of people do not get enough restful sleep. A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Sleep is essential for a healthy mind and body; allowing your cells, tissues and organs adequate time for rest and repair. Ongoing sleep deficiencies are linked to obesity, heart disease, mental illness and increase the incident of accidents and injuries.
To insure you are getting a proper night’s sleep, be sure to:
· Power down you electronic devices one hour before bedtime including your TV, cellphone, computer and tablet
· Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees and your neck supported in a neutral position
· Seal your mattress with a protective cover to prevent stuffiness from allergies during the night
· Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day
· Avoid caffeine late in the day, check for hidden sources like chocolate or soft drinks
· Work out in the morning or during lunch, save evening workouts for yoga or relaxing activities
· Eat your meals in early evening and don’t snack too close to bedtime. Avoid heavy meals, or carbohydrates, try calming proteins or healthy fats instead
· Limit alcohol try chamomile tea or warm milk instead
· Quit smoking, or at the very least don’t smoke at night.
· Try evening meditation, deep breathing or warm bath
For more information on adequate sleep, health and wellness contact Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660