Sleep, like diet and exercise, is important for our minds to function normally. While you’re sleeping your body goes to work getting you ready for the next day of events. Your brain starts to prepare you to learn and remember new information. Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. This is why at all ages it is important to get the right amount of sleep your body needs.
Here are some tips to help you sleep better at night:
- Get plenty of exercise each day– Be sure to try to exercise about 6 hours before you go to bed to let your body cool down and relax to be able to go to sleep
- Keep a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, including weekends.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet. A cool dark room is more conducive to a good night’s sleep.
- Keep the bed for only sleeping. Not reading, watching television, etc.
- Avoid stimulants- Nicotine is a stimulant, and avoid all caffeine at least 3-4 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid sleeping pills- sleeping pills can actually relax the body’s muscles more and make sleep apnea more severe in a person.
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime.
- Don’t stimulate the mind- If you are having trouble falling asleep; try reading the phone book, not something that will interest you.
- Turn off the TV and all other devices a few hours before bed. They type of light the screens emit can stimulate your brain, suppress the production of melatonin, and interfere with your internal clock.