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Research is increasingly showing the profound impact sleep has on a person’s
health. We’ve always been told that getting eight hours of sleep
is best for the human body to rest and rejuvenate, but there’s more
to a good night’s sleep than you think. Learn how to get the best
sleep possible with tips from Saint Francis Healthcare’s
Sleep Center below.
Exercise every day! This is something that is important not only for sleep
but for all aspects of your life. Exercise helps you fall asleep faster
and enjoy more deep sleep. Be sure to exercise early in your day. If you
exercise too close to bedtime, you may be too full of energy to fall asleep.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Invest in the most comfortable mattress, pillow and blankets for your preference.
Keep your bedroom’s temperature between 60 and 67 degrees. Try to
keep noises down to a minimum. These are all things that factor into how
comfortable you are and how well you sleep throughout the night.
Set a Schedule
Try to keep the same bedtime every single day of the week. Even though
it may be tempting to stay up late and sleep in on weekends, this helps
regulate your internal clock to help you get enough rest while sleeping.
Regulate Light Exposure
With the popularity of smart phones today, it’s easy to want to browse
your phone before bed. We recommend keeping your eyes away from any type
of screen within 1-2 hours of going to bed. This means putting the smart
phones and laptops away. You should also make sure the windows in your
bedroom keep the outside light out of your room. Light exposure before
bed suppresses the creation of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone your
body produces that helps your body sleep and is influenced by light. The
darker it is before bedtime, the more melatonin your body will produce.