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Sleep Your Way to Success: The Wellness Tip You Can't Afford to Ignore

When I moved back home seven years ago, I wasn't sleeping well. I had just left a very traumatic experience in NYC that left me with night terrors and PTSD. I was adjusting to the silence of my new surroundings. Still, even after years of therapy, eating well, and exercising, my sleep quality significantly impacted my ability to reach my overall health goals.



 

The more I researched sleeping, the more I realized I hadn't been good to myself for most of my life. I had been raised on the "sleep when I'm dead" societal culture, and I was wakening up to the harm that that creates to our bodies.

 

I read Shawn Stevenson's book Sleep Smarter and even bought the most expensive bed I've ever purchased, hoping to get better sleep and improve my overall health.

 

I realized that sleep is the bedrock of everything. As much time as I spend sharing information about productivity, mindfulness, positive parenting, etc., it's almost impossible to do anything well when you are sleep-deprived.  Sleep deprivation is a widespread issue, with studies suggesting that a significant portion of the population—up to 35%—doesn't get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. This substantially impacts our health, cognitive ability, and emotional regulation. Just think about the last time you didn't get a good night's sleep. I bet you didn't make the best choices for yourself that day. Am I right?



 

Here are some quick tips on how to start sleeping better tonight:

 

  1.  Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Aim to go to bed and wake up simultaneously every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body's internal clock and improves the quality of your sleep.

  2.  Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Wind down before bed by calming activities such as reading, meditating, or taking a warm bath. Avoid screens and stimulating activities that can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

  3.  Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment: Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows that support your preferred sleeping position.

 

Remember, getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it's necessary for good health and well-being. Prioritize your sleep; you'll feel more alert, focused, and energized throughout the day. Wishing you restful nights and vibrant days ahead!

 

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