Friday, April 15, 2011

Get to Sleep – Here’s How

We’ve written for years about the correlation between diabetes, obesity and the lack of sleep. While some prioritize other activities above a good night’s rest, others simply have difficulty getting the 7-8 solid sleep that doctors recommend. Here’s a list of bedtime ideas from a variety of sources:

Sleep only when sleepy

Don’t oversleep or nap during the day.

Have a light snack before bed

Laugh a little. What a comedy, joke with a friend and drop your stress hormones.

Put your work in perspective and get a hobby. A joint study of 314 workers conducted by the University of South Australia and the University of Rotterdam found that workers with higher levels of active leisurely activities, such as exercise, hobbies, and social activity, were able not only to bounce back from workplace stress better than their always-on-the-job coworkers but also sleep significantly better than others.

Use sunlight to set your biological clock

Connect. Studies at UCLA reveal that women’s friendships and relationships with their children can block stress hormones.

Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before bed. (Nicotine is a stimulant)

Stretch and relaxation – Some people find that a gentle stretching routine for several minutes just before getting into bed helps induce sleep. Others practice relaxation techniques. Libraries or bookstores have books on developing stretching or relaxation routines.

Put yourself on a regular schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.

Forgive others and let go of the past.

Continued Tomorrow

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