Did you know that today, January 3rd is Festival of Sleep Day? Scientists know that sleep is essential to memory, your brain uses your sleep time to arrange memories so you can better recall key emotional moments. AND, there are health benefits to sleep too! People who skip out on sleep show elevated levels of inflammation which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke and crave higher-calorie foods due to hormone imbalances! Dr. Stuart Quan of Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine says, "Good sleep equals good health." Article found in January 2, 2011 edition of The Roanoke Times Parade insert.
So, challenge yourself to get a good night's rest! Need some tips? Check out these tips from www.mayoclinic.com
Go to bed and get up at about the same time every day, even on the weekends.
Don't eat or drink large amounts before bedtime.
Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol in the evening.
Exercise regularly. Regular physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful. However, for some people, exercising right before bed may make getting to sleep more difficult.
Make your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and comfortable.
Sleep primarily at night.
Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow.
Start a relaxing bedtime routine.
Go to bed when you're tired and turn out the lights.
Use sleeping pills only as a last resort. Check with your doctor before taking any sleep medications. He or she can make sure the pills won't interact with your other medications or with an existing medical condition. Your doctor can also help you determine the best dosage
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