Sleep Better Tonight
A good night’s rest helps us function at our best. If you’ve ever experienced a difficult night with limited sleep, I know you’ll agree.
We know that when we sleep our body goes into repair and recovery mode. When we rest for extended periods, from 6-9 hours, our bodies then have the necessary time to cycle through healing, re-building, and resetting processes including
- tissue growth and repair
- memory consolidation
- the release of hormones that regulate growth and metabolism
- supporting a healthy immune system
- energy accumulation.
Sleep takes up at least 1/3 of our lives. It’s a highly productive time that provides us with the needed energy and tissue rejuvenation to live fully during the 2/3 of the time that we are awake.
How Much Sleep Do You Need
Simply, you enough sleep to feel rested and restored. Sleep experts agree on a range of hours based on age. See where you land in this chart.
|Age||Hours of Sleep|
|6-13 years old||9 to 11 hours|
|14-17 years old||8 to 10 hours|
|18-64 years old||7 to 9 hours|
|65+ years old||7 to 8 hours|
Establish Your Bedtime
How to establish your bedtime.
- Determine your wake up time.
What time do you want to wake up?
- Determine your sleep duration.
How many hours do you need to sleep? Refer to the chart above for a suggestion on the number of sleep hours for your age.
- Determine your bedtime.
Take your desired wake up time and subtract the number of hours of sleep that you need. The result is your bedtime.
Tips to Sleep Better
We know sleep is good for us. The trick is sometimes it’s just hard to fall asleep. From my studies as a movement teacher, I have discovered a few tips that may help.
- Stick to a regular bedtime and sleep schedule even on your days off.
- Exercise every day.
- In your bedroom, decrease excessive light and sound as well as aim for adequate room temperature.
- Limit, and if possible, avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Turn off all electronics at least at an hour before your bedtime.
Establishing a Bedtime Routine
If we’ve raised children, we’re accustomed to establishing a bedtime routine for the young ones so that we may rest. Often parents will create a bedtime ritual. A bedtime ritual includes a series of calming and self care activities completed in a precise order at the same time.
As adults we benefit from establishing a bedtime ritual, too. Completing self care tasks provides comfort and a sense of security from the regularity. A regular process allows us to feel calm, safe, and secure.
I think we all would agree that the possibility of good rest always begins with feelings of safety, security, and peace.
Select a series of bedtime rituals and complete them at the same time every night.
- One hour before bedtime, turn off all electronics.
- Take a bath and/or wash your face.
- Brush and floss your teeth.
- If you’re prone to leg cramps, do a few leg stretches.
- Light a candle and as you look at the flame name the blessings in your life and give thanks.
- Read uplifting poetry, scripture or journal.
- Extinguish the candle and transition to bed.
May you rest well and feel fully refreshed and energized for the dawn of you next new day.
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