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Good sleep means better health

If you aren’t getting enough sleep your quality of life while awake can be compromised. Sleep is a natural and essential part of life. A lack of sleep can damage your health and make you more prone to injury. Sleep can often be a sign of your overall health. People in good health tend to have a more peaceful and complete sleep while those with consistent sleep problems could have a minor or serious underlying medical or mental health problem.

The first thing to do if you can’t get to sleep is talk to your doctor. Here are a few other things you can try to help get to sleep.

Make it a habit to get to bed at approximately the same time every night. This helps set your circadian rhythm in sync with your lifestyle. The circadian rhythm is what your body responds to on a regular basis every 24 hours. It is affected by natural rhythms in the body as well as by the environment. That is also why it is good to get some sunshine or natural light everyday so you body can tell what time of day it is and knows when it is time to go to sleep. Of course, this is difficult if you work the night shift when you have to get to sleep while the sun is out. In that case, you have to create a dark environment in your bedroom to help your body get to sleep.

Avoid taking a nap during the day. If you are tired, get up and do something to keep you going until time for bed. Napping during the day trains your body to not sleep at night. Exercise can help you keep a rhythm in the body that also helps with sleep. But try to exercise a few hours before going to bed so your body has time to decompress and settle down for sleep. A few ways to learn to eat for sleep include avoiding alcohol or caffeine late in the day as it could keep you up at bedtime. Eat your last meal a few hours before bed so that indigestion or heartburn does not keep you awake. You might have some warm milk or decaffeinated chamomile tea to lull you to sleep but drink this at least 30 minutes before going to bed. You don’t want to wake up out of a sound sleep to go to the bathroom. Taking a warm bath or shower can relax you and make sure your bedroom area is relaxing, dark and cool.

Trying these tips could be the first step to getting better sleep that will help your overall health.