If you are just plain tuckered out after the hustle-and-bustle of a hectic holiday season, go grab your jammies! Jan. 3 is Festival of Sleep Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates sleep and encourages worn-out folks to kick back, relax and sleep in!
Sleep Impacts Quality of Life
While its origins are unknown, Festival of Sleep Day is the perfect time to catch up on a little shut-eye. The amount of sleep we get directly impacts our quality of life.
Getting a good night's sleep also positively affects your mood, memory, learning and creative skills. Getting enough sleep can also reduce your stress levels. Besides better concentration, people who are well-rested look healthier and more attractive. Plus, folks who are well-rested lose more fat than those who are sleep-deprived.
35 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night. Insufficient sleep can lead to serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Some believe people who got seven hours of sleep or less were more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep can also contribute to depression. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, not getting enough sleep negatively affects your love life.
Top Tips to Help You Sleep Tight
- Stick to the same schedule - go to bed and wake up at the same time.
- Cut out the caffeine by 2:00 p.m. (Some teas and chocolate contain caffeine)
- Exercise - earlier in the day.
- Avoid heavy meals late in the evening.
- If you like a little wine to unwind, drink it with your dinner - not late in the evening.
- If you need to take a nap, take it early.
- Take a relaxing bath prior to bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom clutter-free and dark.
- Bedrooms should be for sleeping and for sex.
- Turn off those electronic devices, handy-dandy gadgets and televisions.
- Use a sound machine to eliminate noise.
- Keep your room cool.
- A comfy bed and pillows can make a huge difference in your sleep habits.
- Melatonin supplements can help with sleep-related issues.