A lot of people underestimate the importance of getting a good night’s rest. So much focus has been placed on exercise and healthy eating in recent years that we forget a possible solution to many health problems is simply getting enough sleep.
What is enough sleep? It varies based on your age but the National Sleep Foundation suggests:
- Toddlers: 12-15 hours
- Pre-Schoolers: 10-13 hours
- School-Age Children: 9-11 hours
- Teenagers: 8-10 hours
- Adults: 7-9 hours
When you are sleep deprived you have less energy, have a tough time focusing, and even make poorer food choices. While exercise and nutrition goals can seem daunting, setting a bedtime and getting up around the same time each day can help you find a routine for other things in your life that promote health and wellness. Here are some tips to consider for getting more rest:
- Try to maintain a sleep-wake cycle that is consistent, even on the weekends
- Avoid screen time (TV, phone, computer, etc.) 30 minutes prior to bed
- Create a ritual before bed – read, journal, shower, bathe, etc.
- Don’t eat or drink too close to bedtime as it can make falling and staying asleep more difficult