Regular, good quality sleep is important for our health. Research suggest adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be well rested.
Did you know-
- Your brain needs sleep to function at its best. Poor sleep can negatively impact your ability to concentrate as well as your productivity and performance while quality sleep improves problem solving skills and enhances memory.
- Good sleep can increase your athletic performance. Sleep is when your body recovers from your day’s activities.
- Poor sleep puts you at a greater risk for a heart attack or stroke.
- Quality sleep improves your immune system helping you stay healthy
- Poor sleep can increase your weight. When you are tired you are likely to have less energy for working out. It also can increase your cravings for foods you would normally avoid but your resistance may not be the same when you are tired.
How can you get a better night’s sleep?
- Set a schedule and stick to it. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Don’t sleep in on weekends.
- Control your lighting. Get out in the sunshine or bright light early each day. Avoid screen time for an hour before bedtime. Keep your bedroom dark, no nightlight.
- Get enough physical activity during the day.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol especially before bed. They can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and your ability to stay asleep.
Improve your sleep environment
- Keep your bedroom quiet.
- Invest in good window shades to keep the light out.
- Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable.
- Use the bedroom for sleeping. Do not watch television in the bedroom, have your excercise equipment in the bedroom, pay your bills at the desk in your bedroom, etc. This helps your brain associate the bedroom with sleeping only.
Begin by following these tips and you should see the quality of your sleep improve.
And of course if you need help finding a new bedroom to sleep in give me a call I am happy to help you find your Tampa Bay dream home!
Kelly Harden, Realtor
Mihara & Assiciates, Inc.