*BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP* You roll over and turn off the alarm on your phone. Mustering every little bit of motivation you have, you get out of bed. This is probably one of the worst feelings ever, especially since you just laid down 4 hours ago. You stumble into the bathroom and start getting ready for the day with your eyes half open the entire time. Now you think to yourself “I need to get more sleep”. But let’s be honest, you won’t. You can’t afford to. Not with the kind of work you do, the social life you have, or the kids and family you have to support and raise. You just don’t have enough hours of the day, and since you are too busy, you sacrifice the one thing that probably isn’t really that important, sleep.
Today, it seems that people are getting busier and finding less time to sleep. Roughly 20 percent of Americans (around 50 – 70 million people) suffer from sleep disorders. It seems there are a lot of people that don’t realize the importance of a good night’s rest, as well as the kind of effects it can have on your body. Not getting enough sleep can cause headaches, weight gain, and high blood pressure. These are just a few of the symptoms you can begin to have when you start depriving yourself of sleep.
Not only is your health at risk, but while you are still drowsy you get in your car and head to work. More than 1,500 deaths are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel each year. And during heavy traffic in the morning with people who are stressed, rushing to get to work, switching lanes, and if you are not fully aware of your surrounding or just forget to check your blind spot JUST ONCE, you or someone else could end up killed or you will have to fork out a lot of money for the damages. Studies also show that being awake for 24 hours has the same effect on you as a .10 blood alcohol level (which is over the legal limit in many states).
So what are some easy ways to get better sleep? Keep a regular sleep schedule. When you sleep and wake up at a certain times each day, it lets your body adjust to the time and soon you will be getting the most out of your sleep because it is what you trained your body to do. Try to schedule 6 to 8 hours of sleep as well. Some people might think 8 hours is too much and 6 hours is not enough, so try to find out what works best for you. Exercising in the day is also a great way to get better sleep at night. When you work out and are exhausted you will get deeper and better sleep. Also, go ahead and invest in a nice bed, pillow, and blanket. Sleeping is something you spend hours on doing every night. Why not make it enjoyable? Get whatever makes you feel the most comfortable, and you’ll be well rested and ready to take on the next day.
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