Getting Enough Rest? Sleep Is Important!
At some point in your life you won’t get enough rest and you’ll have a feeling of grogginess all day to prove it. Perhaps this is an ongoing lifestyle for you; constantly going on without enough sleep. In time, inadequate sleep can lead to bigger problems. Today, because we know how important bedtime is, our Urgent Care staff is taking time to talk about Better Sleep Month which is supported by the Better Sleep Council (BSC).
To start with, being unable to get the appropriate amount of “shuteye” can cause some of the following issues:
- Stress hormone production
- Reduced concentration
- Mood swings
- Weakened immune system
- High blood pressure
The aim of Better Sleep Month is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns. People like to believe that they can constantly survive on fewer than 8 hours of sleep, but before long that poor cycle will catch up to you. Many experts still believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of rest a night is optimal, however; time slept is not the only determining factor.
For example, if you have 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep it is more beneficial than sleeping for 8 hours of light, interrupted sleep. Getting a refreshing sleep is majorly important to your physical, emotional, and mental health.
Here are some ways to obtain a better night’s sleep:
- Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Relax before sleeping by winding down. Avoid stimulation like phones, computers, exercise or work for at least 2 hours prior to bed.
- Spend more time in the sun during the day and make it as dark as possible in your bedroom for sleeping.
- Exercise regularly throughout the week, during the day.
- Cut down on caffeine, big meals at night and avoid alcohol before bed.
- Keep noise levels low and focus on breathing deeply to help yourself fall asleep faster.
Our staff at First Med Urgent Care hope that these tips help you find the good night sleep you’re seeking. For more information on Better Sleep Month, visit the Better Sleep Council Website.