We all know that to function very well on a daily basis, sleep is very important because it is one of the handful of life sustaining tasks.

Yet a lot of us don’t want to sleep because we have so many things to accomplish before the end of the day. So, even when we feel sleepy we start looking for ways to fight the sleep because we don’t want people to think that we are lazy.

We should try to have a regular sleep pattern while also improving the quality and quantity of our sleep. This will require making some little changes in our lifestyle.

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If you’re wondering what changes to make, start with these:

  • Make a conscious effort not to bring work-related documents or materials into the bedroom. Your bedroom is for sleeping and not an extension of your office.
  • We always think that we can use the weekend to catch up on the sleep we didn’t get during the week. It doesn’t work that way. Insufficient sleep cannot be reversed by extra sleep.
  • Television and different types of devices are a major cause of sleep deprivation. The blue light from your device or television will destroy the melatonin that your body produced to help you fall asleep.
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes three times a week will reduce anxiety level and promote better quality sleep.
  • Avoid drinking coffee every day and after 12 noon. When you drink coffee after 12 noon the caffeine still stays in your system till bedtime thereby making you to have a hard time falling and staying asleep.
  • After running around the whole day, you need to teach your body how to calm down by relaxing before bedtime. You can relax by listening to soft music, practising abdominal breathing or meditating.

Sleep is very important to our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Let’s try and make sleep one of our priorities to age gracefully.