According to the National Sleep Foundation, people should have seven to nine hours a sleep per night. Most people do not realize that getting the proper amount of sleep each night directly relates to weight loss/gain and their overall health.
Here are some suggestions to get better sleep:
• Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
• Create consistent bedtime patterns, such as going to bed early, reading a book at bedtime and waking up at the same time each day.
• Place a firm pillow between your knees to keep your spine neutral.
• Indulge in a warm bath to help you relax.
• Read an inspirational, spiritual or self-help book to help slow down your brain.
• Write in a journal to unload your daily to-do list and next steps/follow-up.
• Write in a gratitude journal before bed time to help release your thoughts.
• Avoid eating a big meal at least one to two hours before going to bed.
• Discuss your sleep patterns and your current medications with your doctor and/or pharmacy.
• Exercise daily, but not at least 4 hours before bed time.
• Yoga and meditation before bed helps you slow down and it lowers your heart rate.
Don’t underestimate the power that adequate sleep can give you. Remember, it is important to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night, so plan your bed time rituals accordingly. Getting enough sleep is critical for optimal health and performance.