Are you dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Or, do you bounce out raring and ready to start your day? Did you know that most people don’t get the sleep their body craves? Sleep is what replenishes us, restores us, rejuvenates us and not getting enough, over time, hurts our immune system. So take it easy and one step at a time to improve the sleep you do get.
Here’s some suggestions: If you’re not getting to bed until midnight or later try gradually working your way into an earlier bedtime. Start with 15-30 minutes earlier…gradually working your way into a bedtime that allows you a good 7-8 hours sleep.
Try eating earlier and lighter for dinner. If your stomach is still grinding away on your last meal, it’s going to make it harder for your body to easily move into your deep restorative sleep phase called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Sufficient REM sleep is essential for a strong immune system.
Use the last hour before bedtime to “wind-down”. Anything that will calm and/or relax you. A hot bath, lovely music, meditation, deep-breathing. Avoid computer time, tv or heavy reading Your bedroom should be uncluttered, calming, quiet, dark and cool.