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Do you wake up feeling sluggish? Is it all you can do to get out of bed in the morning? Then you might not be getting enough sleep. Most experts recommend somewhere between 7-9 hours each night. Here are some tips that I have found helpful in getting adequate rest.

A Game Plan for Getting More Rest

Have a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Getting up and going to bed at the same time each day can do wonders for getting your body on track with sleep. I tend to sleep in a little later on the weekends, but overall I try keep my sleep consistent.

Task 1: Decide what time you’re going to bed and waking up and stick to your new schedule! Set a “go to bed” alarm if you have to.

Make Time to Un-Wind

I tend to not do this very well, but it really can make a difference. Avoid electronics right before bed and make a little time to just relax and un-wind. You may find it helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better.

I try to shut down electronics around 30 minutes before bed, giving me time to prep for the next day, brush my teeth, and fit in a little reading before falling asleep. I think I fall asleep a lot faster when I remember to do this!

Task 2: Take 30 minutes before going to bed to prepare for the next day and wind down. Prep coffee for the morning, pick out the next day’s outfit, and take a few minutes to relax. I like reading for a little bit to unwind.

Don’t Over-Do It

Stress can cause a restless night’s rest. If your schedule is overwhelming and you find yourself stressed a lot of the time, it may be time to take a long hard look and your schedule and reevaluate your commitments. If letting go of a few things can help you live a healthier, less stressful life, then it’s worth it.

I know it can be hard to say “No” and have the possibility of disappointing people, but your overall health needs to be a major factor in the things you take on.

Task 3: Evaluate Your Schedule and adjust if needed to make sure you’re not stressed out and overwhelmed.

Being consistent with your sleep times, making time to unwind, and keeping your schedule manageable are all keys to getting more sleep and feeling well-rested. Sleep is an often-overlooked but important part of living a healthy lifestyle.

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