We all know sleep is important—that becomes painfully obvious when we don’t get enough of it. But do you know how important?
According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, “In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.”
Unfortunately, as many busy women know, going to bed is often only half the battle—falling asleep is the hard part. If you have trouble ‘turning off’ at the end of the day, try these tips:
1. Establish a ‘going to bed’ routine to turn sleep into a habit.
2. Try to hit the sack about the same time every night.
3. Turn off the electronics an hour before you plan to sleep.
4. Wear comfy nightwear that you reserve for sleeping in (not workout clothes).
5. Listen to calming music or nature sounds.
6. Try a little lavender spray or essential oil to soothe your senses.
7. Put your worries to bed. God will be up all night and there’s no need for both of you to stay awake. He’s got this.