Did you know that sleep (which is so luxurious and wonderful anyway) greatly impacts your health? Not getting enough sleep can cause or contribute to obesity, diabetes and depression, all of which are widespread throughout theUS. And being sleep-deprived can also cause traffic accidents and even impaired performance at school and work. There’s even a“Maggie’s Law”(named after a young woman killed by someone driving while sleep-deprived) in New Jersey making driving while drowsy illegal. In fact, once you’ve been awake for 17+ hours, you’re considered just aboutas impaired as someone driving while intoxicated.
Try this quick list of tips to help you sleep well:
Establish a regular bed and wake time
Avoid nicotine altogether and avoid caffeine close to bedtime
Exercise regularly (but complete the workout at least 3 hours before bedtime)
Establish a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine
Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable
Discuss the appropriate way to take any sleep aid with a healthcare professional