How Improving your Sleep Can Improve your Life

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A lot of us don’t get enough sleep. And then, even when we do, we don’t necessarily get quality sleep. Not getting enough sleep is one of the most common complaints among people. We live busy lives and we have a lot going on in our days. Too often, we try to gain some “extra time” by not sleeping. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can negatively impact many areas of your life.

The Benefits of a Better Sleep

There are a lot of reasons why you should try to get a good night’s sleep:

  • People who get better sleeps are able to concentrate more, have better response times, and demonstrate better cognitive ability. This improves their performance at work, school, and in a many other activities.
  • When you get a better sleep at night, you are less prone to irritability and other mood swings.
  • Researchers have found a relationship between a lack of sleep and¬†inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and even colon cancer.
  • Not sleeping enough may affect your body’s metabolism, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity. In addition, people who do not sleep enough are more likely to snack more during the day and to choose less healthy food options.
  • Poor sleep has been linked to headaches and migraines.
  • A lack of sleep has also been connected to¬†cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high blood pressure.

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to improve your sleep at night.

How to Sleep Better

Okay, now that you know how sleep improves your life, what can you do to improve your sleep? Here are some tips:

  • Try to go to sleep and wake up on the same schedule every day, even on weekends. This helps keep your sleep-wake cycle consistent, which makes it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning.
  • Avoid bright screens in the one or two hours before bedtime. They can affect your ability to fall asleep.
  • Keep your bedroom dark at night. Close the curtains and use black-out drapes as needed.
  • Avoid big meals and alcohol at night.
  • Limit caffeine and smoking.

Most adults need to get between seven and nine hours of quality sleep each night. However, the quality of your sleep is important. By following the above tips, you won’t just improve the number of hours that you sleep each night, but also the quality of your sleep.

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