The importance of sleep

Health

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The average adult needs about eight hours of sleep each night. Do you get enough sleep? More importantly, do you feel rested when you wake up? Or do you feel tired, have trouble concentrating or feel easily irritated? All of these are signs that you're tired. Chronic fatigue can lead to physical symptoms such as headache and muscle aches. All the more reason to work on your nightly routine!


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Tips for better sleep

Keep a sleep journal. How? Find out here! This will help you understand your sleep patterns and make adjustments as needed. If you wake up and have trouble falling back asleep, don’t toss and turn but get out of bed. Spend a few minutes doing something else, then crawl back into bed when you start to feel sleepy.

Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, sugar and caffeine before bed. Your body has to process these substances, which can keep you awake at night.

Create a healthy sleep environment. Your room should be well-ventilated and not too warm. Most people sleep best in a dark room. Avoid screens as much as possible.

If you have trouble falling asleep, meditate, do breathing exercises or find a relaxing activity, such as daydreaming or a body scan.

Can you think of any more sleep tips?


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