Restorative sleep is the most important part of your day.
Sleep science is a relatively new area of focus for the wellness and medical community, although most of us know intuitively how important sleep is for mind and body health, and an overall sense of well being. It is recommended that adults have at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Particularly in America, many reports and studies point to a lack of adequate sleep as an epidemic. Lack of sleep contributes to or is correlated with countless health issues and accidents.
Our ability to transition to sleep and stay there is largely driven by hormone activity. Very simply stated, factors that agitate or stimulate stress hormones, for instance cortisol and adrenalin, keep our bodies and minds alert in the fight/flight state. When we add swirling thoughts to the mix, it’s no wonder people have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep.
There’s a lot you can do to ensure that you get the restorative, high quality sleep you need. Maybe the most important thing is to make it a priority and be willing to adjust some facets of your lifestyle to get there. Sleep hygiene includes areas such as:
- Environment and presence of electronics
- Evening routine and ritual
- Substances that impact hormone production
- Nutrition and exercise during the day
- Meditation practice
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