In the New Testament (Matthew 11), Christ said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
We all need rest, right?
And one important aspect of rest is sleep.
We’ve all heard about the importance of sleeping enough and getting enough restorative sleep every day.
But what does “enough” really mean?
And how do you know whether you’re getting enough sleep?
Your body needs approximately eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll likely experience fatigue, irritability, memory problems, decreased concentration, increased appetite, and trouble falling asleep again.
But there are ways to improve your nighttime slumber, including taking steps to reduce stress and eliminate unhealthy habits from your life.
You might find that improving your sleep hygiene helps you fall asleep faster, wake up less frequently, and enjoy deeper, more restful sleeps.
If you don’t know where to start when trying to improve your nighttime slumber, consider some of these tips:
• Go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time each day.
• 🚫 Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar close to bedtime. These substances are stimulants and can cause insomnia. 🚫
• Try getting out of your bedroom to relax and unwind. Turn off electronics, dim lights, and listen to soothing music.
• Make sure you eat healthy foods before bed. A balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, low fat dairy products, and nuts/seeds helps ensure proper digestion.