Sleep? What's the Big Deal?
Do you have a consistent sleep routine?
There are so many benefits of getting a good night’s sleep…and a major contributor to being able to do that on a regular basis is having a consistent sleep routine.
Looking to create your own sleep routine? No worries! We've got you covered!
Below you’ll find some easy suggestions to get started on creating one, so that you can drift off to sleep peacefully, while reaping the many benefits that good quality sleep has to offer!
Creating Your New Sleep Routine
Set your schedule to allow for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Set aside all technology at least 1 hour before desired bedtime.
Choose relaxing or an uplifting activity to end the night (My favorites: reading, journaling, meditation, bubble bath or something artistic).
Incorporate a guided sleep meditation to drift off to sleep with a clear, relaxed body & mind (especially if your mind is going crazy each night with worries, to-do lists, anxiety or other distractions as soon as your head hits the pillow). My favorite app for this is Headspace!
Why is establishing a healthy sleep schedule so important?
Check out the benefits of great sleep!
1. Decreased Cortisol Levels - Why is this important?
Cortisol is responsible for your “fight or flight” response. A lack of sleep causes your body to produce more cortisol, which creates a feeling of distress within your body. High levels of cortisol can also lead to: weight gain, high blood pressure & cardiovascular issues.
2. Regulated Immune System - Why is this important?
Sickness adds an extra layer or mental stress, as well as physical strain to our bodies. Getting enough sleep allows the body to properly care for itself, while preparing to fight off any infection, virus or illness that comes its way. It also has been shown to decrease recovery time when an illness does strike.
3. Reduced Stress & Anxiety - Why is this important?
Everyone has some level of worry or anxiety. Lack of sleep can interfere with your ability to emotionally process things as you normally would after a night of good sleep. This inability to process efficiently can cause an increase in worry, add to the mental load you’re already carrying and cause higher levels of anxiety.
So when deciding whether to head to bed or continue your social media scrolling….consider the many benefits of a consistent sleep routine & a good night’s sleep!
The Proactive Woman