A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
ISN’T A LUXURY.
IT’S A NECESSITY.
Quality sleep is as important to health as a healthy diet and regular exercise. In fact, it affects how you look, feel, and perform on a daily basis and can have an immense impact on your long-term health.
While you sleep, your brain and body work together to rest and to recharge your body and mind. Sleep refreshes your brain, boosts your immune system, and repairs damaged cells. It also affects how you think, work, learn, react, interact, perform and feel throughout the day.
Exercising during the day results in extra sleep at night. However, when you exercise too close to bedtime, your body becomes hot and releases hormones that can cause you to feel geared up and make it difficult to fall asleep easily. Give your body a sufficient time window to wind down.
Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and food intake within hours of bedtime can stimulate your body and disrupt sleep.
CLEAR YOUR MIND
Stressful thoughts elevate your heart rate and trigger the release of the stress hormone cortisol, both of which make your mind and body feel more alert. Unwind with activities that help you disconnect and relax.
Your sleeping environment should feel cool and comfortable. Set the thermostat between 65˚ and 75˚. However, adjust accordingly or add extra layers if you feel too cold in bed.
REGULATE THE LIGHT
Keep your bedroom dark and turn off electronics that emit light.