Like many of us sleep seems to be the first thing we give up when we are under time constraints of getting things done for our family, jobs and ourselves. What many of us don’t realize is that sleep is essential for our health & wellness. Sleep is essential to our survival and much more. Studies show that rats deprived of sleep die within two to three weeks, a time frame similar to death due to starvation.

Most adults need between 8 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Lack of adequate sleep can have serious consequences. Some of these include:

Decreases in:
Performance
Concentration
Reaction Times
Learning

Increases in:
Memory Lapses
Accidents & Injuries
Behavior Problems
Mood Problems

How can we get more sleep?
1. Exercise regularly. Many sleep experts say exercising 5-6 hours before you go to bed can actually help you sleep.
2. Set a regular bedtime. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time every day can also help establish sleep patterns.
3.Relax your mind. Avoid violence or scary movies or tv shows at night before you go to bed.
4. Avoid Caffeine & other stimulants (such as alcohol and nicotine) before you go to sleep.
5. Create the right sleep environment. Studies show that people sleep best in a dark room that is slightly on the cool side. Close your blinds or curtains and turn down the thermostat in your room.

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