With Daylight Savings Time ending this past weekend you may be feeling like your routine is off. Even though we gain an hour of sleep, it can affect your sleep cycle for a week! Adults should get seven hours of sleep per night, but most do not get enough! Having a good and healthy sleep cycle is essential for maintaining a healthy, productive, and low- stress lifestyle. You can make your sleep habits better! 3 steps you can take to get better sleep are:
- Avoid Electronics before bedtime. Try reading a book instead of watching TV or scrolling through social media
- Pass up caffeine after midday.
- Establish a consistent sleep routine.
Taking these steps can help you get a healthier sleep cycle.
There are several benefits to getting a good nights sleep. A few are:
- Increased Productivity and Work Performance – giving your body enough time to go through all the sleep stages is necessary for energy, muscle repair, improved memory, and the release of regulation of important hormones essential for every day functions.
- Boosted Immune System – During this season, a powerful immune system could come in handy. Consistent sleep strengthens your immune system, allowing for effective immune function. The immune system is critical to overall health, specifically to healing wounds, defending against infections and protecting against chronic illnesses.
- Improved Mental Health – Getting enough sleep can help alleviate feelings of fatigue that may contribute to stress, depression, and anxiety. Symptoms of fatigue can be drowsiness, loss of energy and mood swings.
Now that our clock have been reset, it is the perfect time to reset your sleep habits into positive ones.