Great sleep is wonderful, isn’t it? The feeling of waking up recharged, eager to seize the day. Yet, why is it so difficult to attain great sleep on a regular basis? There could be many factors at play here. Below is a look at three factors that affect your sleep and solutions you can adopt.
A lack of Exercise
Exercise and good sleep can go hand in hand. Remember when you were a kid and you spent the totality of the day playing? Sleep was no problem once the sun went down. And while we cannot play outside all day, who’s to say we can’t have recess too? The goal is to exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. How you go about that exercise is up to you: you can go for a walk, clean your home, lift weights, swim, play with a game with your kids, anything really. So, what is it about regular exercise that helps us sleep better? For starters, exercise helps you manage stress while promoting lower blood pressure. This has a two-pronged effect in that first you might have moments of exhilaration known as a runner’s high. And two, you feel better and are more at peace because you exercised. Moreover, exercise can push you over the edge if you’re already tired. It forces your body to sleep to recoup the energy expended throughout the day. Therefore, if sleep has been elusive, changing up or implementing an exercise routine could be a good solution.
Your Nighttime Habits
Another sleeping issue stems from how we spend our time before trying to fall asleep. One big no-no is to spend ample time scrolling through phones or even watching TV, as studies have shown both make it more difficult to fall asleep. Another habit is your eating and drinking habits before bed. Everyone loves a late-night snack, but that snack or what you drink could be the culprit shaking your conscious awake instead of allowing you to sleep. And this includes drinking alcohol. Alcohol can relax you to the point where you want to sleep but do you remember how you feel the next day? Not so restful. So, it’s important to refrain from eating or drinking at least a few hours before you plan to go to sleep. Lastly, the types of medication you take before bed could affect your sleep quality. Dream Essentials states medications such as alpha blockers, used in high-blood pressure meds can reduce your levels of REM, which affects your ability to sleep deeply.
Stress can be an encompassing beast that robs us of sleep. Even with diet and exercise, managing stress can be difficult to do, especially if you have a demanding job or a varied work schedule. In this instance, and in cases where health conditions play a role in your lack of good sleep, it’s ideal to speak with your doctor or nurse practitioner, who can suggest techniques or medications.
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