SLEEP: Are you getting it?

get enough sleep

Feeling like your snooze button is getting more action in the mornings than you? Chances are your body is not getting enough of the deep sleep it requires to refuel and rejuvenate itself after a long day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans are sleeping 6.9 hours per night — much less than the 8 hours usually needed for good health.

If you’re looking to get a lil pep back in your step first think in the morning, try these simple tips:

  • Hydrate. One thing that will leave you feeling exhausted and hung out to dry is dehydration. Drink up during the day.
  • Power down. Turn off all electronics atleast 45 mins before you hit the pillow. This will allow your brain to slowly start to shut down and relax in preparation for a much needed deep sleep.
  • Workout. It will give you a boost of energy for hours after you’ve finished. Make sure you are finishing your workout 3-4 hours before you go to bed though. This will allow your heart rate to come down, your body to cool off, and it will eliminate that 1 hour you might spend restlessly staring at the ceiling, waiting, just waiting to fall asleep.
  • Routine. Get into a routine of going to bed at the same time every night, so that your body will get into the routine of waking up at the same time every morning. And hopefully you will schedule this routine to include 8 hours of sleep.

Read more at Men’s Health: http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/do-i-benefit-extra-few-minutes?page=11#ixzz27YICk8tu

Miles is the Director of Content at North Idaho Wellness Magazine as well as a farmer in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. He's passionate about community, togetherness, food, and family. He writes about all the above and you can often find him at a cafe taping away on a keyboard. Email Miles with any questions you have - milest (at) gmail.com

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