Adequate sleep is an important asset to a healthy lifestyle; not to mention, integral to successfully completing daily tasks, work. WebMD found that around 20% of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep each night. If you’re in that 20%, our Hilton Head Health experts shared some strategies to help you get more, restful shut-eye.
Stress is usually a culprit when you’re in bed but can’t get to sleep. Your mind’s racing a mile a minute and you’re thinking about all the things on your to-do list.
The combination of concentrating on breathing deeply and focusing on your muscles, distracts you from those stressful thoughts, along with the physical relaxation that results from this techniques creates the perfect environment for drifting off to sleep. If you don’t fall asleep with 10 -15 minutes, don’t stress over it.
An intense workout late in the evening may keep you awake longer because of the adrenaline, testosterone, and increase in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).
Getting into a routine of working out at the same time daily will help your body to follow a routine and a healthier sleep cycle as well.
The focus on breathing will help to calm your body down, clear your head of the “monkey chatter”, and prepare you for a restful sleep.