How to Determine Your Ideal Sleep Time
When you have a small child you put it down for a nap when it gets cranky. How often do you put yourself down for a nap? You give children a bedtime to ensure they get enough sleep for their next big day but how often do you give yourself a bedtime (and actually observe it)?
Everything we needed to know about sleep we knew as a child but as we get older it is often the first thing sacrificed when our time is short, or our job is long, or stuff just gets in the way.
Here are some critical tips to help you ensure your body gets enough sleep.
Each of us has our own ideal amount of sleep required, for our brain, our body and our stress level. Even if everyone else in your life needs only 4 hours to get by, you probably don’t, and you also probably don’t want to simply get by.
If you have tried the tips above and still found sleep a continual issue, it might be time to talk to your health care provider about what else can be keeping you awake. Adrenal glands overacting can make it seem impossible to shut off the chatter in your head, or may have you jolted awake between 2 – 4am. Some others find each morning starts abruptly with their heart racing and chest pounding. These concerns can signal deficiencies in the body from amino acids to essential minerals such as magnesium, or hormones such as progesterone or melatonin. Cortisol dysregulation tends to burn through some of the essential components in our body that helps us to get good rest.
Getting enough sleep each night not only enables us to be productive, but it also ensures that the wear and tear on our body is properly repaired each night, preventing premature aging, illness and disease. Take some time this weekend and find your sleep sweet spot. You will be glad you made the effort.
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