Sleep

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. Try a glass of warm milk. Food such as bananas, milk and turkey contain the amino acid tryptophan, which may help you sleep.
  5. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking in the evening. They can affect a person’s ability to fall asleep or enjoy a deep sleep.