Sleep...Too much of it and we feel off...too little and we feel exhausted. After having my tonsillectomy recently I've been trying to get back into the right sleep patterns. Stress, smartphones and our daily goofed up schedules are definitely causing us to get less productive sleep. Did I say productive?  Yes!  Sleep is productive and an important part of our daily lives. Oh that's right....tell us something we don't know Kelly.  Okay...I'll try. Here are the facts about the importance of sleep:

  • Eat meals at the same time each day and at least two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Limit naps to 30 minutes at least 6 to 8 hours before your bedtime.
  • Limit your caffeine intake, and don't have any after noon. Also don't take decongestants or have any products that contain nicotene after noon.
  • Stay Active.  20 to 30 minutes of any activity each day is great!  Walk, dance, run, do sit ups...something. Make sure you do it at least 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

A healthy amount of sleep for adults is 7 to 8 hours a night, according to the article I read from The Mayo Clinic.  If you try to get enough sleep, but you just can't fall asleep, reach out to your doctor. Sleep problems are quite treatable, but you have to reach out and figure out why you're not feeling rested. Once you've determined the cause of sleep deprivation, you can start working on a way to fix it.