Sleep can cost you precious time if not done correctly. It is SO important to make sure you get enough sleep at night. It will not only effect your mood the next day, but the way you view yourself and those around you. Too many people view sleep as a luxury, rather than a necessity. It is key to make time for sleep. You may need to write it into your planner, or set an alarm on your phone each night but stick to it because it should be that important to you!
Sleep is also free. You can sleep anytime, anywhere and never have to pay a dime! How is something so great free you ask? Because it is a choice and choices are free if you choose wisely!
Take a look at these helpful hints and make your own decision about how sleep will play a role in your everyday lifestyle.
The risks of not getting enough sleep can happen to anyone.
- Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- Immune function
- Common cold
I don’t know about you, but these are not things that I think about on a daily basis. Going to sleep after finishing a paper at midnight or coming in from a house party around 2 am have just become normal to us college students. Well it is time for a change! Let your body be the judge of when it is time to turn out the lights and get a good nights rest.
Sleep can affect everyone differently, which makes it so important to understand why. Your body needs sleep to function property day in and day out. Getting six to eight hours of sleep every night can be done, but good sleep is hard to come by. For example, when you find yourself coming down with a cold, SLEEP is the best cure. It will keep your energy levels where they should be and allow for you to feel better faster. Allow yourself to sleep when you’re tired, it will always work out in your favor.
Sleep also has a healthy balance in your everyday life. People who do not get enough sleep tend to lack in simple everyday tasks. They may feel hungrier throughout the day due to the sleep they did not receive the night before and it will sometimes show in their emotions or behaviors the next day. I can not stress enough how much I love sleep, but I to find myself staying up late and waking up early, which means I very rarely meet my needed hours of sleep. Don’t let your mind win you over, shut it down and take charge of pillow time no matter how hard it may be sometimes.
Believe it or not TECHNOLOGY affects your sleep. Allowing yourself to fall asleep with the TV on or scrolling through Facebook on your phone or tablet is one of the worst things you could do! Turn them off an hour before your head hits the pillow. Crazy I know, but it will change the way you sleep immensely. Instead, listen to music or read the next chapter in your favorite book before closing your eyes for the night.
Showering before bedtime can be very beneficial! A warm shower allows for your body to relax and settle down from a long day. Try to make it the last thing you do, before climbing into bed and letting your mind drift off to sleep.
I believe that sleep is one of the most important aspects to truly changing your lifestyle. Let your body tell you when it’s time for bed and try to stay on a schedule the best that you can. Pay more attention to when you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning so that you can form a daily routine.
Click here: Are you getting enough sleep? to find out if you’re on the right track to an everyday sleep schedule!