Look up NSF’s Sleep Duration Recommendations to find out how much sleep is best for you. Then take the Sleep Awareness Week pledge: “I promise to use these seven days for better sleep!”
Day 1: Start the week by making time for the sleep your mind and body needs. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours to function properly.
Day 2: Leave a couple of hours between eating and going to bed. It will help you reap the maximum benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: Power down to recharge! Blue light from screens can disrupt your circadian rhythm and affect your ability to sleep. Turn off your mobile devices before you head to bed!
Day 4: Make your bedroom all about sleep! A comfortable mattress, pillow, and bedding will help you get a good night’s sleep. Keep your room dark and use cool paint colors for the walls.
Day 5: Create a bedtime ritual. Make deep breathing, stretches and other relaxing exercises part of your pre-slumber ritual, to wind down and help get your mind ready for sleep.
Day 6: Put your troubles aside and drift away. Keep a piece of paper next to your bed and write down any worries of the day before putting your head down to sleep. You’ll sleep better!
Day 7: Sleep is important for everything – “Remember to account for Daylight Saving Time! Spring forward towards better sleep!”
Visit www.Sleepfoundation.org for more info.