Catch those ZZZ’s
Our parents always told us how important sleep is and now that we are older, that couldn’t be more true. These days, about one third of Canadians don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is a critical and simple way to improve our overall health, mental function and even our mood. Imagine waking up when your alarm goes off, feeling refreshed, focused and having energy throughout your day – without the need for excess caffeine. By focusing on increasing the time and quality of your sleep, you can expect a strengthened immune system, reduced anxiety and way more energy. There are of course numerous aspects to a healthy lifestyle, but sleep is one of the top indicators, so do yourself a favor this year and get some rest.
3 sure fire ways to get better quality sleep
- Refrain from using your phone screen or watching television an hour before bed. Try a book, podcast or meditation. Buy a pair of blue blockers—glasses that filter out the blue light from your screen—if you want to use screens before bed. This will help your brain wind down and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
- Front-load your day with water—if you stop drinking liquids around dinner time, you won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to use the washroom, which disrupts important REM sleep.
- Invest in a new pillow, some amazing sheets or even a new mattress. We spend 1/3 of our entire life sleeping, so start the new year off right and make your bed a very comfortable space, your body and mind will thank you!
By: Sarah Kelly