After a day of stimulating activity, you need deep sleep so your mind and body can rest and reset. To receive this deep sleep, aim for six to eight hours of nightly sound slumber without the need for any medication.

We’ve all been there. We wake up half rested, groggy and even a bit disoriented. The fall out of continuously not getting enough sleep leaves us more than just feeling a little groggy in the morning. Lack of sleep can have a detrimental domino effect on your overall mental and physical well-being.

New research is telling us that not sleeping well is much more dangerous to our health than just feeling tired. In the short term, you may find that you make mistakes at home or work and it takes longer to complete tasks. You may experience decreased alertness and experience more stress in relationships. It is even said that work and automobile injuries are more common in people who don’t sleep well.  Lack of sleep is associated with many serious medical issues including high blood pressure, obesity, heart issues, stroke and mood disorders.

Here are 5 tips to more restful sleep:

  1. Go to bed at the same time each evening – your body and mind get into their own natural sleep rhythm.
  2. Turn your screens off at least an hour prior to going to bed – the blue light from our mobile devices and televisions actually prevent us from winding down at night.
  3. Write it down – capture your thoughts on paper about the day’s activities and what is on your agenda for tomorrow.
  4. Gratitude – remember all you are grateful for always for connection to your soul.
  5. Meditation – take a few intentional moments to wind down – loosen your jaw, let go of tension, focus on your breath and allow thoughts to come & go without any judgment.

As we transition into winter, it’s the perfect time to give our bedtime routine some attention.  Sweet dreams.