Sleep is essential

Sleep is essential

Within the midst of our current health pandemic, we are hearing reports of emotional health concerns, due to the isolation and fear people are experiencing around Covid-19. it’s time to write about the importance of getting enough sleep, again.  We’re going to provide you with some information and share a few tips to help you get to sleep and stay asleep (drug free).

Experts recommend people get six to nine hours of sleep each night.  When we sleep, we rollercoaster through cycles.  We start in a light sleep and move down into a deep sleep, then come back to a light sleep and go back down into a deep sleep.  It is only in the deep level of sleep that our bodies are able to relax, recuperate, and recover from the stresses of the day.  If we don’t get enough hours of sleep, we don’t get enough deep cycles, we don’t release all of our physical and emotional tensions, and we wake up still carrying yesterday’s stress with us. It is essential that we get six to nine hours of sleep a night.

If you are having a difficult time getting to sleep at night, you could:

  • Read a book
  • Take a warm bath or shower
  • Do some deep breathing exercises
  • Keep your bedroom dark, or low light
  • Put on a pair of socks

Try a light snack.  It seems that the following foods have various properties, that are beneficial to sleep…

  • Almonds or walnuts
  • Bananas or pineapples
  • Chamomile tea or warm milk
  • Turkey or rice

If you’ve been trying to sleep for 30min, with no success – get up.  Lying in bed thinking about the fact you are not falling asleep doesn’t help matters.  Go through your bedtime routine again to remind your brain that it’s time to go to sleep.   On those rare occasions that I struggle getting to sleep, I get up, get a ½ a slice of bread (plain – nothing on it), and eat that while reading for 30mins or so.  It seems to “reset” my system and I can usually drift right off, upon returning to bed.

Proper sleep is essential. It helps you start your day with less stress.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Remember 6-9 hours is optimal!  Have a wonderful evening and, sleep well!

*Please note: We are sharing information that could be beneficial to some. We are not doctors.  Everyone is not the same. Different things work for different people, not everything is a good idea for everyone. Use the information at your own discretion. *