It’s National Sleep Awareness week – a great time to take a look at your sleep habits and see if there are ways you could or should make some changes.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to feel rested and keep you functioning mentally and physically in tip top shape.  With so many things on our to-do lists it can be a challenge for some to meet those recommendations.  However, it is important to try to develop better sleeping habits to not only improve quantity but also the quality of our sleep.  The following tips may help to improve your sleep:

  • Go to bed and get up about the same time each day
  • Follow a bedtime routine to help prepare your body for sleep
  • Keep screens and technology out of the bedroom
  • Have a “shut off” time for technology at night to give yourself time to wind down before sleeping
  • Keep your bedroom cool, quiet, and dark when possible
  • Try essential oils, such as Lavender, to help support healthy sleep

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