Sleep was so simple when we were kids. Remember? Falling into a deep slumber was as easy as flipping a switch. But as adults, lots of things can get in the way of feeling well-rested. A good night’s sleep has been linked to better overall health, including a more robust immune system, clearer thinking and decision-making, faster recall and learning, longer attention spans, greater creativity, lower blood sugar and lower risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke to name a few. Sleep also helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough shuteye, your ghrelin shoots up and your leptin drops. This makes you feel hungry and overtime can lead to weight gain, and even obesity.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep (both?) or don’t feel rejuvenated even after a full 7 or 8 hours in bed, adopting some good sleep hygiene habits can help. Here’s a list of 16 ideas from the Yes Health Coaches so you can get better rest, starting tonight:
For more on the sleep-health connection, check out: The Sleep Solution: Why Getting Enough Rest is Key to Good Health.