A good nights sleep is essential for good health, mental and emotional functioning and for safety. Sleep benefits the immune system and cell restoration. The recommended amount of sleep on a daily basis is 8 hours; however, some people function well on 6 hours a night, and others need as much as 9-10 hours to feel rested.
Tips for Sleeping
- Try to go to sleep at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each day. A regular routine helps you fall asleep better each night.
- Begin to slow down about a half an hour before bedtime. Take some deep breaths, read a novel, listen to some soothing music or watch a silly TV sitcom. Give your mind a BREAK!
- Exercise on a regular basis, preferably early or mid-day. A 30-minute brisk walk daily helps to relax your muscles. Three ten-minute brisk walks a day are also beneficial. Whatever you do, make sure it is something you LIKE!
- Try a glass of warm milk. Food such as bananas, milk and turkey contain the amino acid tryptophan, which may help you sleep.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking in the evening. They can affect a person’s ability to fall asleep or enjoy a deep sleep.