Tips for Better Sleep
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
First you try opening the window. Then you get up and shut it. Next, you try fluffing your pillow. You can't stop thinking about work and all the things you have to get done tomorrow. You fluff the pillow again. You roll onto your back, and then onto your stomach, and then return to your back. Fluff the pillow one more time. Your realize that it doesn't look like you're going to be getting much sleep tonight.
Why We Need Sleep
Sleep lets the body repair and renew itself. The brain, cardiovascular system, immune system, and other important parts of the body need sleep to work as they should.
People who do not get enough sleep may have:
Ten Tips for Better Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep can be hard. Here are some tips to try:
You should also limit the number of activities you do in bed. Your bed should not be a place to watch TV, eat food, or do work. It should be a place for sleep and sex. Hopefully, by following these tips you will be on your way to better sleep.
The Better Sleep Council
National Sleep Foundation
Better Sleep Council Canada
Canadian Sleep Society
Healthy sleep tips. National Sleep Foundation website. Available at: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-hygiene/healthy-sleep-tips. Accessed October 21, 2021.
Sleep health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/sleep-health. Accessed October 21, 2021.
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Last Updated: 10/21/2021
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