Top 5 tips to get your ZZZs

Top 5 tips to get your ZZZs

Sleep deprivation has become an epidemic. The National Health Interview Survey shows that: “Nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤6 hours of sleep per day in 2005-2007. In 2009, only 31% of high school students reported getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night.”

Sleep is very important because it helps our body remove cellular wastes and toxins, and gives us energy for the day ahead. Lack of sleep has been known to cause weight gain and may even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, please don’t ignore it,” says Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Taking steps to get the proper sleep you need will make your life more enjoyable and your body healthier. What may surprise you is that many of the best ways to get better sleep are straightforward and quite easy for most people to implement.” Let’s look at the top 5 tips to get your ZZZs.

1. Darkness in bedroom at night, bright light during the day:
People often get too much light at night, at not enough during the day, because of working indoors. Darkness at night triggers the lowering of body temperature, slowing metabolism, and increases melatonin production.

2. Exercise:
One of the best side effects of exercise is better sleep at night. A poll from the National Sleep Foundation found that 83 percent people reported better sleep after exercising than those who didn’t.

3. Get 8 hours of sleep:
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is key to optimal health, and this means 8 hours of actual sleep, not just 8 hours of being in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep a night for adults.

4. Make a sleep aid drink:
Some foods are known to increase melatonin production and help you sleep. Bananas and cherries are great for promoting sleep. Try our banana, cherry and kale sleep aid smoothie recipe. Our cumin sleep aid tea is also great for getting ZZZs.

5. Take smart naps:
Napping can be good for you, but napping for too long can disrupt your internal body clock. The ideal nap is no more than 20 minutes, as napping longer than that can cause you to go into a deeper sleep and feel groggy when you wake up.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Natural Sleep Aids: Top 5 Tips to Sleep Better.” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2015.
2. “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?National Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2015.
3. “Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2005–2007.” CDC. CDC, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2015.

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