When we fail to consistently get the appropriate amount of sleep, the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes increases. Our physical safety, mental health, performance levels and even quality of life can be severely affected without proper rest. Additionally, how well-rested we are does not only impact our energy levels, but also the quality of decisions that we are able to make.
As the new school year progresses and responsibilities increase for everyone in the family, let us remember these important sleep tips from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends. Otherwise, there is a risk of disrupting your body’s sleep-wake schedule.
- Use the hour before bed for quiet time. Avoid light and screen time if at all possible.
- Avoid large, heavy meals within a couple hours of bedtime.
- Avoid stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. Both interfere with sleep.
- Engage in physical activity every day.
- Keep the bedroom quiet, cool, and dark.