The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Rest

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Rest (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What Is Sleep Deprivation?

To begin, let’s talk a little about what sleep deprivation means: In simple terms, it’s when you’re not getting enough sleep for your body and mind to recharge. There’s no “right” amount of sleep that applies to everyone — you may require nine hours of sleep per night to function properly, while your spouse or sibling may require only seven. When it comes to getting adequate rest, you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone else. You aren’t “weak” or “lazy” if you need more sleep than your friends, colleagues, or family members!

What Sleep Deprivation Does To Your Body︱Seeker

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Sleeping Well

Do you know people who love to talk (or post on social media) about how busy and hectic their lives are? For some reason, it’s become de rigueur to humblebrag about how much you’ve got going on at work and at home. Some people like to wear their full schedules like badges of honor, as it makes them feel more important than other people. If you know someone like this, resist the urge to emulate their (ostensibly) packed calendar. If this person really is skimping on sleep time regularly, they’re bound to experience the negative effects of stress on the body, like weakened immunity and chronic muscle tension.

Sleeping well can help you live your best life. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Tips for Better Sleep

Now that you have a better understanding of the importance of sleep, be honest with yourself. Could you be sleeping better most nights? If so, you’re not alone. The CDC estimates that one in three adults don’t get enough rest. Here are some pointers for improving your time in the sack.

Establish a Routine

It’s not always easy, but do your best to go to bed at the same time each night. You can signal to your body that it’s almost bedtime by washing up and changing into your comfiest pajamas. You can try diffusing a scent that makes you feel relaxed, like lavender oil, to help you feel sleepy.

Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Sanctuary

You want to minimize your screen time when you’re winding down for the day. That means banishing your smartphone, tablet, and TV from your bedroom. If you love to read in bed before turning off the light, choose a good old-fashioned book or a magazine rather than a device with blue light.

How to Convert Your Bedroom Into a Sleep Sanctuary︱Webbernaturals

Nix the Beverages

Nothing interferes with your healthy sleep habits like having to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Enjoy your last cup of coffee or caffeinated soda by lunchtime, and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages before lights-out time. Of course, if you’re attending an evening wedding or celebrating a special occasion, you might break your own rules — just don’t make a habit of boozing it up before bed.

Seek Professional Help

If you’re engaging in best practices for healthy sleep and still feel like you aren’t getting enough rest, there’s no shame in asking for help. Your general practitioner can refer you to an expert who can help you overcome issues like sleep apnea, snoring, or insomnia. There may be an easy and painless way to solve your sleep problems.

There’s no shame in asking for help (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Goodnight, Sleep Tight!

Regardless of what’s going on in your life, making rest a priority will help you be your best self, physically and mentally. You owe it to yourself to get a good night’s sleep! Let me know in the comments section if any of my tips have helped you enjoy a better snooze.

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