Why Is Sleep So Important?

If you have sleep deficit it impacts everything you do think and act. Unfortunately a major amount of people have a large sleep deficit.

A lack of sleep is linked to emotional problems like excessive sadness, give up attitude and depression. Sleep helps , Sleep allows for a slowing down of our body's systems, so we can be re-energized for another days work and play. Without adequate sleep we are like a battery slowly getting recharged and only getting partially recharged each night.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

You may think you're getting enough sleep, probably you are not.

Important signs you may need more sleep:

difficulty waking up in the morning

inability to concentrate

falling asleep during classes

feelings of moodiness and even depression

How To Get More Sleep?

Here are some suggestions that help you get better sleep:

Go to bed at a regular set time. If you go to bed at the same time each night it signals to your brain that it's time to sleep. Awakening at the same time every day will help establish sleep patterns. It is important to stick to your sleep schedule even on weekends. Going to sleep no more than an hour later or waking up no later than 2 to 3 hours longer than you would usually do during the week.

Yes you should exercise regularly, even if it is just a walk around the block, every bit helps. Of course do not just before going before bed, this can raise your body temperature and keep you from falling to sleep. Most sleep experts agree that exercising 5 or 6 hours before bedtime will help a person sleep longer and quicker.

Don't drink beverages with caffeine, such as coke and coffee, after 4 P.M. Nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant, so quitting smoking could help you sleep better.

Find inner peace, rest your mind, think of pleasant thoughts and places. A special vacation spot or favorite beach. Do not watch action movies or TV shows right before bed. Believe it or not reading suspense books can keep you from falling asleep.

Slowly unwind by keeping the lights low. This is important because light informs the brain that it's time to wake up. Keep out of bright lights, keep off the computer before going to bed and listen to soothing music. It sometimes helps to pick a certain soothing music and play the same song every night right before bed. Breath slowly and relax.

Try not to nap during the day too much. Any nap of more than 30 minutes will keep you from falling asleep later.

Your sleep environment is also very important. Your bedroom should be uncluttered and peaceful, with gentle soothing colors. Avoid reds and blues. Keep your room dark, slightly on the cool side.

If possible wake yourself up with bright light, especially from the sun.