What else prevents us from sleeping well?
We have an increasing amount of stress at every stage of life. As we age, we worry about our health more. We think about what’s going to happen to us and where we’d stay if we became ill? We mindlessly eat and drink before going to bed to decrease stress, but it can lead to diseases like acid reflux and problems going to sleep. We overeat, which leads to obesity, and then to sleep apnea. We drink alcohol and eat processed foods. Diabetes and heart disease are at epidemic levels. It’s a necessity–not a luxury–to develop techniques that relieve our stresses and pressures, instead of overeating, drinking, and putting drugs in your body.
What other advice can you give us to help us relieve stress and sleep better?
Try to stick to a sleep schedule: Go to bed and get up around the same time every day. Your body is a smart machine and when it gets into that cycle, you’ll sleep better. It will help regulate your body’s circadian rhythm.
Remove electronics, such as TVs, from your bedroom, and stop using blue light devices, like smartphones and laptops, at least 30 minutes before bedtime. When you have these kinds of stimuli, your body is altered physiologically. If you want to read a book in an ambient light, that’s perfect.
Stretch, engage in deep breathing activities, meditate, or do yoga: These will help improve your sleep quality and fall asleep. Whatever you do, it’s important to like it.
Sip on chamomile tea: This relaxes your body and can make you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.