How to Get Your Rest!
By Donna Stark
With the new year in full swing now, there is one thing you need to remember to do. Slow down and rest! No matter what your kind of "busy" looks like, you still have to prioritize your overall well-being by setting boundaries and giving your body the quality rest it deserves. Sleep is vital and there is no other way around it. It makes your days better, it helps you feel better, but more importantly, it helps your body and mind function better!
Your Body Needs to Recover
Do you think we sleep simply to use up those extra hours in the day? If you did, you may want to think about it a bit more because the purpose of sleep is so much more important than that! Your body uses the time you are sleeping to rest, recover, heal, and recharge itself. If it didn't use this time to do that work, the risk of fatigue, mood swings, stress, depression, mental deficiency, illness, and disease will be increased. So, before one of those symptoms actually forces you to slow down, and causes even more problems to deal with down the road, you may want to take action now.
You Need to Establish a Routine
If you want to improve the quality of your sleep and become a healthier person, you need to establish (and commit!) to a bedtime routine. Take a look at the following habits that will get you started on the right path.
- Electronic devices - Turn your electronic devices off at least an hour before bed. In addition to removing the source of anxiety or frustration, this habit will also eliminate your exposure to blue light.
- Relaxing activity - Find something to do that will help you wind down! You could step into a hot bath, grab a favorite book, write about your day in a journal, or listen to calming music while stretching. It doesn't matter ... just be sure it is something that relaxes your mind and body.
- Consistent schedule - It is important to be intentional about getting the recommended amount of sleep each night. Generally, most adults should aim for at least seven hours, but you could need more, so listen to your body. Getting the sleep you need is a lot easier if you go to bed and wake up at the same times each day.
Better Sleep, Better Health
You can have an amazing, and tremendously healthy, year if you take the time to prioritize your sleep! So start your new habit today! Slow down and give your body the rest it deserves.
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