Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week!
Sometimes getting a full night's sleep seems impossible to achieve. No matter the cause-- stress, pain, your work schedule or another reason. If you are not getting quality sleep it can interfere with your health. The Centers for Disease Control says, "Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression-- which threaten our nation's health."
To celebrate Sleep Awareness Week (March 8-14), here are a few ways you can start getting on track to a better night's sleep.
Say goodnight to technology-- well before bedtime.
Smartphones are everywhere and it's not uncommon to find them creeping into your bedroom. Turn them off. Better than that-- turn them off and keep them in another room. Nix the TV, tablet, laptop, and whatever else has found its way into your resting space. The bedroom should be for sleep only.
Establish a routine that is calming.
Humans are habitual creatures. How you wrap up your day can impact the quality of sleep you get. Finish the day with a warm bath or shower, a cup of tea, lower the temperature in your bedroom and shut out the lights. Establishing a routine can trigger a natural response that tells the body, "It's time for bed."
Massage. Massage. Massage.
There I said it. Massage is HUGE when it comes to improving your sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage to be beneficial for insomnia related stress, as well as:
- Digestive disorders
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
Massage can increase relaxation and decrease pain to improve your quality of sleep. Our need for sleep has dramatically increased with the busier our schedules get. In an effort to celebrate sleep awareness week, schedule a massage and be on your way to a better night's sleep.