8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby

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8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, 8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, Dr. Nicolle

It’s Wellness Wednesdays! We’ll talk about 8 simple tips to sleep like a baby. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. In the US, it’s estimated that between 50-70 million adults aren’t getting enough sleep. Some degree of insomnia is reported in as many as 30% of all adults.

Sleep is vital to both your health and happiness. How happy are you when you’ve had to pull an all-nighter for school, work, or even as part of your social life?

 

Consider these 8 tips to get the most out of your sleep:

 

1. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. 

Our bodies adapt very quickly to our sleeping habits. Notice that if you stay up late and eat, your digestion tends to run amuck.

  • Most people require 7-8 hours of sleep to function optimally.
  • Your body is much more efficient at sleeping and preparing for sleep if you can maintain a schedule.

2. Keep your bedroom cool. 

Your body temperature drops as you near bedtime and is at its lowest during sleep. If the room is too warm, your body won’t be able to cool down.

  • Sleep quality is improved in a cool sleeping environment.
  • You’ll have to play around with the temperature to find what’s ideal for you.

3. Avoid alcohol. 

Alcohol can help you fall asleep, but sleep quality is compromised. It has been shown that sleep is less restful and you’ll wake up more often during the night, even if you don’t remember it. For some reason, the negative effects of alcohol are more pronounced in women.

8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, 8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, Dr. Nicolle

4. Darken the room. 

Even the light from your alarm clock can compromise the quality of your sleep.

  • Remove as much artificial light from your sleeping environment as possible.
  • Turn off the computer screen and minimize any ambient light coming from outside the room.

5. Sleep the most beneficial amount of time. 

Studies have shown that sleeping more than 9 hours or less than 6 hours is associated with feelings of anxiety and sadness.

  • If you find you need more than 9 hours and can’t sleep more than 6, a visit to your physician is advised.
  • Even one night of low quality or quantity sleep is associated with insulin resistance, a major cause of type-2 diabetes. Those that sleep less than 6 hours are also far more likely to develop high blood pressure.

6. Ensure you get enough vitamin B6, calcium and magnesium. 

Vitamin B6 is needed to synthesize melatonin, which is vital to sleep. Calcium deficiency has been shown to increase the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Magnesium intake is associated with the ability to stay asleep.

 

7. How’s your mattress? 

Even the highest quality mattress has lost as much as 75% of its support after 10 years.

  • You probably spend more time sleeping than you do on any other single activity. Be certain you have a good mattress.
  • Consider how much you spent on your car and how many hours you use it. Purchase the best mattress you can afford.

8. Try not to exercise within 3 hours of your bedtime. 

Exercise is great for increasing the quality of sleep and decreasing the amount of time required to fall asleep. However, studies have shown that 3 hours is the cutoff point to prevent exercising from decreasing sleep quality.

 

Sleep is an important part of maintaining health and enjoying life. If you’d enjoy sleeping more like a baby, keep these tips in mind. Maintain a regular sleeping schedule and ensure that your sleeping environment supports peaceful sleep.

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8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, 8 Simple Tips to Sleep Like a Baby, Dr. Nicolle

 

I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

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