Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your mental and physical health. Research recommends adults get between six to eight hours of sleep per night. Anything less will begin to have an adverse effect on your health. Sleep deprivation negatively impacts your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to infection such as colds and viruses. Lack of sleep can leave you fatigued and significantly decrease your mental acuity. Studies have shown that shift workers who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation have a shortened lifespan. Sleep deprivation can also compromise your safety as you are more inclined to fall asleep while driving or exhibit impaired judgment when overtired.

Sleep is an integral component of good health. There are things that can be done to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. By practicing these good “sleep hygiene” tips, you can improve your sleep and your overall quality of life…

1. Set Your Biological Clock

Going to bed the same time every night and waking up the same time every morning will help to set your internal biological clock. Try to stick as closely as you can to your sleep and wake times even on weekends.

Once you disrupt your cycle it may take a few days to get back on track. Even if you have difficulty falling asleep, try to adhere to your regular times. Doing so will help reset your clock and your body will thank you.

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Debbie McGauran

Debbie has been a registered nurse for over 25 years with experience in geriatrics, medicine, surgery and mental health. For the past four years, she has practiced as a crisis nurse in the ER. Debbie lives on a farm with her family, two dogs, a cat, and four horses.