According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40 million people in the United States don’t get an adequate amount of sleep. Lack of sleep has also been linked to a variety of health issues, including weight gain, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
What should you do?
Prior to bedtime, develop a ritual of activities that do not cause a stress response. Avoid stressful phone calls, emails or interactions and try dimming the lights, deep breathing and other calming activities such as yoga. Avoid caffeine at least six hours prior to sleep. Keep alcohol intake to a minimum, avoiding it within two hours of your intended sleep time. In addition to benefiting other aspects of health, regular exercise can help increase the quality and quantity of sleep. Find an activity you enjoy and partake as regularly as possible.
— Jennifer Minnick, Lima YMCA Group Fitness Manager