I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
A little bit ago I wrote a post with the startling facts about insomnia in our society. We have a sleeping problem in our country and the American sleeping stats are staggering to see. Nearly 4 million Americans suffer from insomnia and the worst part is that most don’t even get any help for it. A mere 12% of Americans suffering from insomnia have been diagnosed by a doctor. Almost 72% Americans are missing out on almost three weeks of sleep every year, that’s a lot of time and a lot of valuable sleep lost.
We all know that we function better throughout the day if we have a good night sleep the night before, but getting a good night’s sleep goes further than just not being cranky the next morning. Here are four awesome tips to help you out:
GET ACTIVE EARLY: Do you think getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just start when the sun sets? It starts so much earlier than that. What you do during the day will also affect your sleep. I always start out my day with exercise to ensure I will be as sleepy as possible come nightfall.
GET COMFORTABLE: Now it’s time to remind your body to wind down. We always hear how kids need a bedtime routine to get them use to going to bed at the same time, and as adults we need the same thing. A warm bath every several nights or relaxation music really helps transition my body and mind into sleep mode.
SIGN OFF: This one is huge! In this day in age when we can have multiple electronic devices, they can become a huge distraction at night. Put away your electronic devices one hour before you head to bed. Even the lights from a tablet can keep your brain awake. I hear all the time from friends that they need to watch a show to wind down and settle into sleep and the truth is that this tactic is just more harmful. Turn off all those pesky distractions to get some peaceful shut-eye.
GO DARK: Time to block out any light. Light and darkness are reminders that tell your body when it’s time to rest and wake. Light during the night can send messages to the brain telling you to “wake up!” before you’re ready. Make sure you get every little light, total darkness will assists in helping you fall asleep sooner and stay asleep.
Taking these things into consideration will help you to get the best sleep possible. I want to invite you to take a challenge with me; let’s put these shut-eye strategies to good use!
I will be signing off from social media at least one hour before bedtime. And also following the rest of the tips above, I encourage you to do the same with me! I am going to do this till September 15th and then I will be posting my results and how well my sleep challenge went. Are you with me? Starting today be sure to stick with these tips and then let me know how it’s going. Are you getting more sleep? What step was the most challenging? I can’t wait to hear! Let’s do it!!
If you would like to learn more about what you can do to get a great night’s sleep head over here!