Are You Sabotaging Your Own Sleep?

January 8, 2019

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Vermont Public Radio

Find Out How To Get A Better Night's Sleep In Just A Few Simple Steps

According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults (age 18-25) and adults (age 26-54) should be sleeping 7-9 hours per night. We need sleep in order to consolidate memories, grow and build muscle, repair tissue, synthesize hormones, and restore and rejuvenate our bodies. But, could you be impeding your own sleep? Chances are, you are doing something daily to hinder your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. 

 

Try these 7 tips to get a better night’s sleep: 

  1. Establish a regular bedtime
  2. Don’t use your phone for an hour before you go to bed 
  3. Leave your phone across the room from where you sleep 
  4. Exercise at least 3 hours before you plan to go to bed 
  5. Avoid snacking heavily in the hour before you go to bed 
  6. Don’t drink caffeine after 3pm 
  7. Try to avoid alcohol before bed 

 

Not getting enough sleep can not only make you feel groggy all day, but it can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flus. Lack of sleep can also make it easier for your body to store fat and harder for it to build muscle. 

In order to be your best you make sure you are getting an adequate amount of sleep each night! For more information about sleep visit UNH Health & Wellness, where they have tips and tricks for a better night’s sleep and sleep coaching!

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