How Sleep Helps You Relax
If you’re dragging yourself out of bed after another restless night, it can feel impossible to face your day. The stressors of modern life can range from everyday matters like traffic or a difficult day at work to frantic schedules to bigger threats like terrorism or political worries. Facing all that, however, can get exponentially more difficult if you’re not sleeping. During sleep your body performs several necessary tasks, from consolidating information you’ve learned that day into new memories to repairing muscle tissue and keeping your immune system humming. Most important to the current discussion, sleep moderates your body’s production of stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline.
What Are The Symptoms Of Lack Of Sleep?
Everybody knows that having a bad night leaves them feeling groggy and slow the next morning, but you might not realize how slow. Getting just one night of four hours or less of sleep can affect your mental state as much as being slightly drunk. It also slows down the part of your brain that helps you control your impulses and makes you irritable, which means that you’ll both be more annoyed by everyday stressors and more liable to snap at someone about it. If this seems alarming, don’t panic! There’s a simple fix.
Get To Bed
While some of us have significant sleep disorders that require the intervention of a professional, many people can improve their stress simply by deciding to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Here’s some tips for making sure you get the rest you need to keep calm and carry on:
Set a realistic bedtime. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, so the simplest way to determine your bedtime is to count backward from the time when your alarm will go off in the morning until you’ve reached 7-9 hours, and choose that as your bedtime.
Start winding down early. Avoid bright lights, using screens, and scary or intense entertainment in the 2-3 hours before you go to bed.
Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Room darkening shades and earplugs can help.
Make sure you have a quality mattress. If your mattress is more than 10 years old or if you regularly wake up stiff or sore, it likely needs to be replaced.
There’s no question that, in this day and age, life is stressful for most of us, but sometimes the remedies are simpler than we might think. Tonight, why not see if getting a little more shuteye can give you a better tomorrow?
Why More Sleep Is The No 1 Most Important Thing – www.shape.com
Choosing The Best Mattress – bettersleep.org