A poor night’s sleep can hinder your day before it even begins. A well-rested mind and body is more prepared for the demands of work, school, and life in general while also helping you keep moodiness, fatigue, and physical health risks down. Here are four tips to hit reset on your sleep clock and start getting those well-earned hours of sleep.
SLEEP WELL TIPS
Pair these sleep habits with healthy lifestyle behaviors to maximize your sleep benefits:
- Aim for 7-9 hours of restorative sleep each night.
- Determine when you need to wake up in the mornings and work backwards to figure out what time you should get into bed.
- Wake up and lay down at the same times, including weekends.
- Sleep schedules rely on consistency, so keep to a regular wake and bed time. Don’t sleep in over or stay up more than an hour past your normal times.
- Adopt a proper diet and daily exercise routine.
- Proper diet and exercise allow our bodies to better regulate hormones, decrease stress, and get our heart rate up to help you fall asleep faster (and stay asleep).
- Resist the temptation to take naps.
- This is incredibly important, especially while you work to reset your sleep schedule. If you must, take a quick nap—but no longer than 20 minutes to avoid problems later.