Sleep is important. It is what keeps you healthy and focused. It helps your memory stay strong and your brain to stay alert. Proper sleep can also help reduce our anxiety and stress, both of which we are feeling more of this year. We all know what it can be like trying to work and function on very little sleep. It’s usually when we make mistakes, and when we’re short-tempered with those around us, including our coworkers, friends and family. As much as we hope caffeine will help us, we know that isn’t a good long-term option. How then do we make sure we are getting the right amount of good sleep (seven to nine hours)?
As much as we hope caffeine will help, we know it isn’t a good long-term option. How then do we make sure we are getting the right amount of good sleep every night?
- Develop a routine at the end of your day to prepare yourself to sleep.
- Create a restful environment in your bedroom. This can be taking care of clutter, changing lights, adjusting the temperature or even increasing or decreasing sounds.
- Avoid being on your electronic devices right up to the moment you close your eyes.
- Consider upgrading your mattress, pillows and bedding.
- Monitor your caffeine intake during the day to determine when you need to stop fueling with coffee or soda as its lingering effects can last hours.
- Make healthy choices during the day with exercises and eating.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your doctor if you feel you need extra help with sleeping or even if you are sleeping too much. 2020 has been a trying year, and anxiety levels, in general, are higher. It’s okay to seek out extra support whether that is short-term or long-term. You, your loved ones, coworkers and your responsibilities are counting on you to be the best you can be, and sleep can help with that.