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Tips For Restorative Sleep

Similar to training for a race, you need to train your body to ensure you receive a full night of restorative sleep every day. This starts with adopting good habits...

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes feel like a full time job. Between exercising on a regular basis and preparing fresh, healthy meals, you may need to ‘cheat’ a little with your schedule to make time for everything else. Specifically, you may stay up later than you should finishing laundry or finalising that budget report – sacrificing your sleep as a result. 

You may think that a healthy lifestyle is the combined result of just exercise and diet, but sleep is more important for your overall health than you may know. In fact, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night provides your body and mind with a crucial opportunity to restore and recharge. This is essential for healing the body after a long, stressful day and ensuring the brain stays sharp. What’s more, the negative effects of getting too little sleep can actually undo the healthy lifestyle choices you make.

Similar to training for a race, you need to train your body to ensure you receive a full night of restorative sleep every day. This starts with adopting good habits, so take these tips on board to help you get that good night's rest:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Consistency reinforces your body's sleep-wake-cycle
  • Get outdoors and exposed to natural light
  • Try to wind down a half an hour before going to bed and reduce your light exposure
  • Try to avoid caffeine after 2pm
  • Create a sleeping ritual: Maybe a warm shower or bath, a good book, and a cup of herbal chamomile, mint, or lavender tea
  • Regular exercise but time it 3-4 hours before bed
  • Avoid backlit stimulation by refraining from watching/using your TV, consoles, computers, iPads, phones before bed or even in bed 

Full infographic can be found here.

...Sleep well, Boomers!


These tips were shared by the Virginia Spine Institute.

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