No matter your race, religion or creed, it’s an event for everyone to celebrate: National Sleep Awareness Week.
The National Sleep Foundation’s weeklong campaign encourages Americans to recognize the benefits of sleep before Daylight Savings Time, when we lose an hour of rest.
NSF says exercise is key to a decent night’s sleep. Based on a new poll, more Americans say they sleep better after a workout than when they don't make time for one.
In addition to getting your heart pumping, NSF recommends:
• Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.
• Use bright light to help manage your “body clock.” Avoid bright light as bedtime approaches, but expose yourself to sunlight or other bright light as your day begins
• Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.
• Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.
• Create an environment that is conducive to sleep that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.
• If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
• If you are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, or “stop breathing” episodes in your sleep, contact your health care professional for a sleep apnea screening.