How to Know if You’re Sleeping Enough
Chances are, if you’re reading this you aren’t sleeping enough. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control shows that over a third of Americans aren’t sleeping the recommended seven hours of sleep a night. That’s enough that in the last year the CDC has found fit to call our current situation, “a sleep epidemic.” The seven-hour rule isn’t just an arbitrary number either, it’s the culmination of research by hundreds of scientists, 5,000 pages worth of studies, and just plain common sense.
We’ve put together a handy list of sleep tips to help us get back on the right track and sleeping more as a nation. Consider these sleep tips our patriotic duty.
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
It’s not really surprising that the advent of the sleep epidemic and the rise of the smartphone happened at the same time. While there are great things about having the world at your fingertips, it certainly has added a significant amount of stress to our lives. Not only that, but it’s scientifically proven that blue light prevents sleep to happen, which can lead to a ton of sleepless nights spent aimlessly scrolling through social media posts.
Don’t let this happen to you! Make your bedroom a safe haven from technology. There’s no good reason to have your phone next to your bed — that urgent text can wait until tomorrow. Instead, take this sleep tip and allow yourself the wonderful feeling of a full night’s rest unencumbered by the stress of tech. That’s a sleep tip that’s going to pay dividends.
Drink More Water and Wake Up Refreshed
Chances are if you’re thinking about water at bed, it’s because you need to get up to go to the bathroom. There’s good reason to think about it before then, though. A well hydrated sleeper is a happy sleeper. We often lose more water at night than we realize, so it’s important to go to bed with the tank not on empty. While it’s never a good idea to chug a bunch of water right before you go to sleep (unless you enjoy those midnight bathroom breaks), planning ahead and hydrating throughout the day can produce notable results when you get to bed at night.
Consistency is Key in the Bedroom
The biggest sleep tip is the one you already know: getting a good night’s sleep starts with you in bed at the same time every night, ready to snooze. All the sleep apps and tips in the world aren’t going to help you if you don’t put in the time yourself. Don’t look at sleep as a luxury, it’s a necessity. The sooner you get on a consistent schedule, the sooner your body will train itself to follow through. Enjoy a natural full night’s sleep and get with the sleep revolution! We’re here in solidarity.
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