Regardless of your age or current state of health, there is one step that
you can take to ensure a longer life in better health: Get plenty of sleep.
The average adult requires about 6-8 hours of sleep nightly, but many
people fail to reach this target for a number of reasons. When you do
not get the sleep you need, you may suffer from daytime fatigue, poor
memory, or a lack of focus. In the long-term, poor sleep can lead to
cardiovascular complications, high blood pressure, and mental disorders. Therefore, identifying strategies
to achieve better sleep is a worthwhile endeavor that will greatly improve
your health and your quality of life. Read on for a closer look at some
of the easiest ways to get better sleep each night during Better Sleep
Month this May.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Many people have the misconception that you can catch up on sleep during
the weekends by sleeping in, but you will be better off getting the
same amount of sleep every night. You can do this by going to bed at the same time each day, which will
make it easier to wake at the same time every morning. In addition to
setting a regular bed time, you might practice a relaxing nighttime ritual
to help you wind down and prepare for sleep.
Design Your Bedroom for Sleep
Electronic devices are one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting
enough sleep, because these can be a distraction and a disruption to your
circadian rhythm with the light they emit. Keeping phones, computers,
and televisions out of the bedroom can ensure better sleep along with
dark window shades, a cool temperature, and a comfortable bed.
Get Exercise During the Day
If you find that you are regularly not tired when your bedtime rolls around,
you might need to get more activity during the day. Exercising at any
time of day can help you sleep better, so fit in physical activity wherever
you can in your daily routine.
For more health tips and resources, consider participating in Riverside
H2U program. To learn more about this program or to get information about other hospital
services in your community, call us at (951) 788-3463 and speak with one
of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.