A Good Night’s Sleep: Is It Overrated?

Millions of people, young and old, lie awake at night waiting for slumber to set in. Just how important is a good nights sleep? The rule of thumb has always been 7-8 hours of sleep a night is necessary and sufficient for most. But what does the newest research say, and how does it pertain to you?

We have busy lives and our kids have busy lives. Operating on all cylinders is a must for anyone who needs to function from 7 am until 10 pm, no matter what your age.

Sleep studies are always in progress, and new information continually helps us understand and manage our own habits. Here are some of the newest findings and some tips and techniques that may help with your sleeplessness for a good nights sleep:

4 tips for a good night’s sleep:

  1. Exercise

Studies show that exercise can help us sleep better and longer. Exercise fatigues us and can help make us tired. It also produces hormones that aid in proper body function. You don’t have to run 5 miles a day or join Crossfit to experience the benefits. Exercise “basically” consists of raising your heart rate for 30 minutes, 5 times per week. No matter what your age, staying active can help you sleep.

  1. Consumption

The food we eat and beverages we consume play a huge role in our sleep. It’s not just what we consume but when that can alter our sleep patterns. Eating dinner by 7 pm and limiting caloric intake after that is the rule of thumb. If you do eat later and it’s a long standing habit, this may not apply. Alcoholic beverages, including wine, may help you fall asleep initially, but they can actually disrupt the quality of your sleep throughout the night.

  1. Technology

Many of us are attached to our computers, tablets and phones late into the night. Research shows that this habit is a primary cause in the rising number of sleep-associated problems that we face. Even more disturbing is the rise in childhood sleep disorders due to technology. If you are a parent, especially of young children, make it a point to remove technology from the bedroom. It may not be a bad idea to remove it from your own bedroom as well. Studies show that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

  1. Stress

Stress should be a four-letter word. It brings about more health issues and concerns than we care to know. We can manage our stress better than we often do, and that is advisable. If the culprit is a high-stress job, take action to unwind regularly through exercise or other means. Today’s high school students have a lot on their plates. Homework, sports and other extracurricular activities can leave them burning the midnight oil. Help your kids manage their lives also. Living by example is the best way.

Sometimes less is more. It’s hard to imagine giving certain things up, but getting a good night’s sleep is imperative for your overall well-being. If you’ve resorted to medication to insure you get a good night’s sleep, maybe it’s time you investigate the root of the problem.

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