If you find yourself lying awake in bed thinking about everything from your work to whether it’s your turn to walk the dog in the morning, you may need a sleep reboot.If you’re deprived of sleep, you’ll find it hard to function throughout the day – In fact the price to pay for sleep deprivation may surprise you. Lack of sleep affects your healthy, immune system, performance, safety and bank balance.
More tips for encouraging healthy sleep
Experts refer to the health of your sleeping habits as “Sleep Hygiene”
Good sleep hygiene includes activities that signal the body it’s time to sleep, like going to bed at the same time each night, shutting down technology, and keeping your room dark. It also includes avoiding caffeine or other stimulants for several hours before bedtime.
- Start by trying to take your mind off any racing thoughts. Picture a relaxing scene that involves sleep and build that scene in your mind.
- Try getting up for a short time. Get out of bed and do something relaxing that might make you feel drowsy — like reading or playing a repetitive game like Sudoku. Keep the lights low and go back to bed after 30 minutes or so (or sooner if you start feeling sleepy).
- Avoid technology, like phones, computers, or TV. Brightly lit screens and sometimes the radiation can mislead your brain and muscle’s into thinking it’s time to wake up or be active. In fact anything that stimulates your brain — from a text conversation to a video game — can kick your body into wake-up mode.
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