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Having a restful night of sleep is vital for your brain. Sleep is crucial for concentration, memory, coordination, and even emotional health. Without enough sleep, people have trouble focusing and responding quickly when they need to, for example when driving a car.
Recent studies have even shown that not getting enough sleep can have the same effect on a person that drinking alcohol causes. Are you giving your brain the rest in needs? Answer the following two questions:
Are you dependent on caffeine to get through the day?
Do you feel sleepy while you’re driving?
If your answer to the above questions is “yes” then you may need to set a different sleep routine. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Your own “magic” number though, is determined by how you feel. Some people can get seven hours and feel well rested while others can get the same number of hours of sleep and still feel tired. Pay attention to how you feel every morning, did you get eight hours and you still feel tired? How often do you get a good night of sleep? If it’s not often enough you should consider adjusting your bedtime to fit your needs.
Ways to get on track with your sleep:
-Pay attention to your mood, energy levels and health after a poor night’s sleep.
– Don’t take naps after work!
-Avoid large meals three hours before your bed time.
-Avoid caffeinated drinks three hours before your bed time.
-Keep a routine for yourself, even on weekends keep waking up and going to sleep at the same time.
-Make your room a place for only sleep. (Try not to watch TV or read in bed.)
-Don’t sleep in places other than your room if you can avoid it. (Ex: Couches, etc…)