Catching the ZzZz

According to an exclusive Women’s Health survey, nearly 80 percent of women have trouble sleeping at least a few times a month while 23 percent have issues almost every night. What’s worse, per the National Sleep Foundation, half of all women regularly wake up feeling unrefreshed, which can strain the body, exhaust the mind, and increase risks for ailments such as diabetes and depression. So how do we sleep better? We are going to take a look at busting some myths and finding out some truths. f19471e774fc34d438d00af8a2ef2b46

Catching up on sleep: While it’s tempting to sleep in on weekends, keeping a regular sleeping schedule seven days a week will help you fall asleep at night.

Working out at night: Exercising regularly does make it easier to fall asleep but be sure to finish working out at least three hours before bedtime—preferably in the afternoon. Exercise raises your body temperature and it takes about six hours to get back to normal temperature and cooler body makes it easier to fall asleep.

Resting for your brain: Generally we tend to think our minds need rest but it’s primarily our body; our brain still is working while we are asleep.

Alcohol: While drinking alcohol does make you tired and put you to sleep, drinking ultimately disrupts and fragments your night’s sleep, which causes waking up in the middle of the night.

Bedroom: To strengthen the association between bed and sleep, try not to add any activities that say otherwise in your bedroom—like watching TV or working on your computer.

Whether it’s breaking a habit or starting one, hopefully some of these truths can provide a better night’s rest for you. Reap the important health, body and mind benefits good sleep can provide by ensuring your nighttime slumber is up to snuff.

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