Now that we know how much sleep we should be getting daily; it is time to put it into action. It may take weeks to months to develop a new habit, but the key is consistency. Follow the guidelines consistently and enjoy a better quality of sleep to have more energy and to keep your body healthy.
Create a sleep schedule of sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. Stick to your schedule even over holidays or weekends.
Start a daily sleep routine 30 to 60 minutes before your intended bedtime.
Do something relaxing as part of your sleep routine such as reading, having a bath or meditating.
Avoid bright screens from electronics before bed by switching off the TV, laptop, tablet or phone an hour before.
Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day but no later than a few hours before going to bed
Where to Sleep?
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t get to sleep, get up, do something else, like reading or listening to music, until you feel tired
What to avoid before bedtime
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening as these can disrupt sleep. If you can, avoid eating large or spicy meals for two to three hours before bedtime.
Keep your daytime naps to 30 minutes or less.
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