A good night’s sleep is important, but sometimes easier said than done. There are many variables that influence your sleep, including pain, stress and other medical conditions.
Sleep allows the body to recover and heal and also has positive effects on your immune system, memory and learning. Research suggests that adults require between 7-8 hours a night while children require at least nine hours of good quality sleep. But how do you know if your getting enough sleep? Use our checklist to see if you are getting enough Z’s:
– You are NOT tired during the day
– You can stay focused throughout the day
– Your energy during the day is good
– You fall asleep within 20min of laying down with the lights off!
What can you do to improve your sleep?
There are a number of ways to improve sleep and these include:
– Setting and sticking to a routine- aim for the same bedtime and wake up time everyday
– Leaving electronics like phones, iPads and laptops out of the bedroom to prevent distraction.
– Avoid eating big or spicy meals 1-2 hours before bed.
– Creating a relaxing environment and ritual before bed.
Feel free to share your tips or tricks about how you get a good nights sleep!