Lack of sleep has been linked to being a contributory cause to obesity and diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and depression. In addition, when you’re sleep-deprived, you tend to make poor decisions throughout the day and take lazy options such as poor food choices.
In order to ensure that your health doesn't suffer, you should maintain a good night’s sleep as part of your daily health regime. Try these tips to ensure that you do just that:
- Eat healthy food. Combining not eating enough vegetables throughout the day with excessive snacking on less than ideal food choices has been shown to have a negative impact on sleep — just another reason to eat healthy.
- Watch what you eat and the time you eat. Some foods may cause indigestion, so be sure to avoid these foods at your last meal of the day. Certain food types may also help you sleep, such as fiber. Studies have found that a dinner high in fiber, and low in saturated fat and sugar, can lead to a more restful night’s sleep. Regarding the time to eat, it's best to allow at least four hours between dinnertime and bedtime.
- Avoid electronic devices. Instead of checking Facebook or twitter in bed before you sleep, try reading a book. The glow from electronic devices replicates daylight to your brain and so can impact you when you turn it off and try to sleep. Consider reducing the amount of time spent on your cell or other electronic device before you retire to bed.
- Exercise. Not only is exercise good for you for many reasons, there is nothing better than exercise to ensure that you arrive at bedtime completely spent. The sleep you have after a day that includes exercise will be restful and restorative
- Practice slowing your mind down. Practicing yoga, meditating, mindfulness or completing breathing exercises are all fantastic ways to slow your mind in advance of turning the lights out.