Sleep: It's More Beneficial Than You Think
Sleep, it's a pretty common activity that many of us enjoy, and could probably get some more of. We all live busy lives and always have so many tasks that need to be accomplished each day. Some days it even seems like 24 hours just isn't enough. Due to these busy schedules, sleep usually gets put on the back burner and we only allow ourselves just a few hours each night. While you may feel fine, functioning efficiently and crossing tasks off your list, the lack of sleep can and will eventually take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health.
Benefits Of Sleeping
Here are a few benefits of giving your body adequate hours of sleep each night:
Reduces stress levels
Helps in the weight loss process
Better calorie regulation
Improved productivity and concentration
Creates an environment for the body to properly repair itself
We know sleep is important to our health, but many of us still, have trouble falling asleep at night or even staying asleep throughout the night. Here are a few tips and tricks we recommended to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep and improve your overall quality of sleep:
Create a relaxing bedtime routine and environment
Engaging in activities that are known to relax your body and calm your mind can make a noticeable difference in your sleeping habits. Calming activities include drinking a cup of caffeine-free tea, taking a warm shower or bath, creating a peaceful ambiance with soothing music or sounds. Our Sound Asleep White Noise Machine is great for setting the mood and filling the room with tranquil nature sounds of the ocean, rain, and birds.
Make your bedroom conducive to sleep
Keep light, noise and the temperature at levels that are comfortable won't disturb your rest. Don't engage in activities other than sleeping in your bedroom, this allows your body to know this room is solely for sleeping.
Avoid caffeine afternoon if possible, but no later than 3 p.m.
As we know caffeine helps us stay awake during the day to keep us going from the lack of sleep, consuming caffeine too close to bedtime will make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Use light to your advantage
According to Hamster's research red light is the most conducive light color for sleeping. Any of our color-changing Wake-Up Lights or Mood Lights, from our Light Therapy selection,designed with LED technology can help you accomplish the red color needed to improve your sleep quality.
Exercising daily will allow you to exert some of your energy during the day making your body want to rest when it is bedtime. Ensure that if you do engage in daily exercise to do it earlier in the day at least three hours before bed.