Ever feel like your life is a timed event?
That all you do is raced from place to place, or task to task, trying to cram as much as possible into your day?
Only to collapse into bed at the end of that fast-paced day swearing you will go right to sleep…only to stay up waayyy too late watching the Ghost Adventures Marathon (can’t help it-those dudes are HOT!)
The next day, you wake up feeling like crap. Tired, pissy, and wandering around in a haze with caffeine as your co-pilot.
Welcome to my world.
According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, as many as 47 million adults aren’t meeting their minimum sleep needs to be fully alert the next day.
In case you were wondering, not getting enough sleep affects the entire mind and body. Memory and judgement are impaired, and a person becomes listless, depressed, angry, and has unexplained aches and pains. Did I mention, pissy?
Match those symptoms up with unladylike gas, and a fascination with the paranormal, and you’ve pretty much nailed ME.
Time to change all of that (except the gas and paranormal part). Here’s Seven Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep from the National Sleep Foundation.
1. Consume less or no caffeine and avoid alcohol
2. Drink less fluids before going to sleep.
3. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.
4. Avoid nicotine.
5. Exercise regularly, but do so in the daytime, preferable afternoon.
6. Try a relaxing routine, like soaking in a hot tub or bath before bedtime.
7. Establish a regular bedtime and wake-time schedule.