Regardless of what age we are, it’s important to get the sleep our bodies need. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lack of sleep increases your risk of serious health conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, stroke and heart disease.
Here are four ways to help you get the recommended amount of sleep you need to feel your best:
- Establish a routine. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body's clock and can help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
- Give yourself time to relax and wind down. Spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as meditation or reading. Check out the website calm.com to help you relax.
- Exercise daily. Not only will you feel and look better, you will sleep better.
- Having trouble falling asleep? Get out of bed and go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. Make sure to avoid electronics before bed or in the middle of the night.
If you’re still having trouble sleeping, talk with your healthcare provider.