Simple Tips for Catching ZZZZZ’s

October 21, 2015

Get those Zzzz’s

Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night? There are multiple ways to combat this problem, as getting a full night’s rest is vital to your mental and physical health. Here are a few easy tricks to get a peaceful 7-8 hours of sleep a night

-Turn off devices 30 minutes before going to bed. Disconnecting from electronics helps quiet the mind and allow yourself to unwind before faling asleep. It is tempting to stay on your phone and browse through Instagram or emails, but the bright screen straining your eyes in the dark urging you to stay awake can actually keep you up for long after you put it away. The sooner you can turn your phone off and settle in bed, the better your sleep will be! You might even consider eliminating TV from your bedroom and dedicate the room to solely sleep.

-Get up and be active! Being active every day is essential to your health, but can also ease your process of going to bed. Instead of laying awake until late hours of the night, make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Getting a workout in before bedtime will make you tired and ready for some recovery. The busier you are, the more tired you may feel–which will make sleep not such a burden anymore.

  • Consider evening yoga. Just 15 minutes of downward dog, child’s pose and tree pose might do the trick. Light stretching before bed can be a great way to unwind and quiet your mind prior to bedtime.

  • Have you ruled out sleep apnea? If you chronically have difficulty staying asleep AND you snore, consider a sleep study. Sleep apnea interrupts your sleep cycle and can impact the degree to which you are able to reach the all important stages 4 and 5 of the sleep cycle. If you have a partner complaining about your snoring. Consider talking to your doctor about a sleep study.

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