National Sleep Awareness Month
Do you ever have those cranky mornings when you regret staying up so late the night prior, while trying to convince yourself that you’ll go to bed earlier the coming night? I think we all have, but then distractions like your cell phone or favorite television show come on and then boom…another cranky morning.
In order for most people to have a productive and successful day, getting the right amount of sleep is required. And, while most already know this, people still tend to overlook this very important part of each day. The month of March has been labeled National Sleep Awareness Month, which comes with much importance considering Daylight Saving Time begins on March 11, 2018.
Insufficient sleep can cause a loss of focus, forgetfulness and health problems; such as heart disease, diabetes or depression. It can also affect your ability to learn and obtain information, a problem that often occurs with students in school or adults at work.
Here are a few tips for getting a very much needed, good night’s sleep:
Aim For Consistency
The recommended amount of sleep that a person should get each night is around 7-8 hours. Although people are busy with different schedules each day or other tasks that need to be completed, aiming to try and be as consistent as possible can play a large part in your body’s health. This may be affected with Daylight Saving Time because it shifts our internal clock out of sync, but after a few days your body will become immune to it and you’ll be back on track!
Sleeping on the bus or train on your commute to work in the morning isn’t preferably the best route to take. But, everyone is different. Some people can sleep with the lights dimmed, television on or with people in their home causing commotion, while others can’t. This really depends on the person and how they prefer their sleeping environment. The recommended environment is a dark, quiet room with a preferred temperature set to allow you to be at a relaxed state while sleeping.
Cut Down On The Caffeine And Naps
After not getting enough sleep the previous night, people are often tired throughout the day and may become reliant on caffeinated coffee. One coffee becomes two…three…and so on. Having massive amounts of caffeine throughout the day, and prior to sleep, can influence your sleeping patterns and cause you to often wake up. Or, if you have enough time in your day, you may lie down to take a quick nap to try and rejuvenate. Sometimes naps are needed for some extra rest, but it may influence the amount of sleep you get later that night.
National Sleep Awareness Month is a very important topic that should gain more attention and spotlight. Sleep is more important than most people think, and we’re becoming well aware of this fact as time goes on.