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If You Snooze, You Don’t Lose!

If You Snooze, You Don’t Lose!

I’ve noticed that our society has a weird attitude toward sleep – especially professional people. It’s almost as if they’re embarrassed to admit that they need to doze on a regular basis. I know lots of people who seem to take it as a point of pride to tell you that they never sleep more than 4-5 hours a night. If you’re one of those people let me just say – that is NOT a good thing!

Research shows that most of us need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If we don’t get that amount on a regular basis the following problems can arise:

  • Feeling tired during the day

  • More accidents

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating and making decisions

  • Lower sex drive

  • More health problems

  • More anxiety & depression

Sleep is something we are all designed to need so stop trying to go around it and just go to bed! Here are some pointers to make a good night’s sleep easier to attain:

  • Turn off all electronics about an hour before bedtime

  • Dim the lights around the same time

  • Take a warm bath

  • Make sure the room you sleep in is dark

  • Sip some herbal tea to help you relax

  • Use a white noise maker (you can get them online) to provide a soothing background sound

  • Use a diffuser with lavender essential oil

  • Go to bed at roughly the same time – even on weekends

  • Develop a bedtime ritual

Waking up with a solid 7-8 hours of sleep under your belt will make the world seem a different place. You’ll be more energetic, alert, happy, confident and well rested. Give it a shot!

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