A good night sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, it is also one of the easiest things to forget to do. We are trying to do a million things each day and taking the time to get sleep seems like a waste, especially if it takes you a long time to fall asleep.
We all want to be beautiful and surprisingly, sleep is a big part of keeping our good looks up and keeping our body healthy.
Here are four tips to getting a good night's rest and helping your body unwind from your busy life:
At least 30 minutes before bed turn off your phone or at least don't look at it.
According to Healthline, "Your body has a natural time-keeping clock known as your circadian rhythm. It affects your brain, body and hormones, helping you stay awake and telling your body when it's time to sleep. Natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep your circadian rhythm healthy. This improves daytime energy, as well as nighttime sleep quality and duration."
So when it's time for bed you need to turn off bright lights to allow your hormones, body and brain know that it's time for bed. Avoiding blue lights from your phone and tv before bed, will help keep your circadian rhythm healthy and allow you to get good sleep.
Get into a routine. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that keeping a sleep schedule "helps to regulate your body's clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night."
Routines are some of the hardest things to start so start small to start then build up. Pick either a time to wake up everyday or the same time to go to bed everyday. Do your best to stick to one. You will be amazed at how fast your body adjusts to the schedule and how much your sleep quality improves.
Exercise helps regulate your body. Exercise regulates not only your weight but also your sleep habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep In America survey, "regular, vigorous exercisers reported getting the best sleep. The best news is that it doesn't take much: Adding even just a few minutes of physical activity to your day can make a difference in your rest."
Don't worry about when you can exercise, as long as you do, your body will get better sleep each night.
The last thing you need to be doing is staring at the clock watching how long it takes you to fall asleep. Sometimes we lay awake thinking about the day or wondering what tomorrow will hold. Pondering is good for your brain to relax and think, but if you are staring at a clock while you do it, you will only be stressed out.
Anytime in your bed is important for your body, even if you don't fall asleep instantly.
BONUS: Keep a pad of paper by your bed
Sometimes you sit and you can't fall asleep because you have so many thoughts in your head. Write them down. This will help to clear your mind, allowing you to relax and fall asleep.
Sleep doesn't always come easy to all of us, nor do we always feel like we have time to sleep. But, these four tips will help you get better, more restful sleep— helping you keep your body looking and feeling amazing!
Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.