Besides eating well and exercising, getting restorative sleep may be the next best thing for a healthy lifestyle. During our quarantine, our schedules have been turned upside down. Our weekly meetings are canceled, TV and alcohol consumption has increased as a country, we are taking care of kids, grandkids, or grandparents that we normally don’t. Throw in some civil unrest and you certainly have a recipe for sleepless nights. With our regular schedule turned on its head, what can we do to ensure we are getting a good night’s sleep?
The CDC recommends the following for good sleep hygiene:
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
- Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smartphones, from the bedroom
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
- Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
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