New news in the world of rest and rejuvenation! After two years of intensive study, the National Sleep Foundation just released modified recommendations for sleep by age group. All children categories (with the exception of newborns) and teens had their sleep hours widened by at least an hour, though all of these statistics ultimately depend on the individual.
Your body is doing important work while you sleep, but many underestimate the importance of solid sleep to their overall health. However, since the introduction of the lightbulb, we’ve been able to stretch our productivity and our waking hours much later into the evening than our predecessors. Even once all the lights are off, we lay in our beds scrolling through photos, social media and checking one more email. Needless to say, our hours for sleep have been slowly creeping away for some time now.
The Sleep Foundation says that making sleep a priority is a first step. Ways to do that? They recommend:
- Stick to a sleep schedule , even on weekends.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual .
- Exercise daily.
- Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
- Beware of hidden sleep stealers , like alcohol and caffeine.
- Turn off electronics before bed.
So what about you? Sleeping well? Needing more sleep?
What are your nighttime rituals?