Rest And Reset
Giving your body the rest it needs is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Here’s how Mariel Hemingway creates a soothing sleep sanctuary; plus, simple ideas for a nightly wind-down routine.
MAKING BETTER BEDTIME STORIESSeven to nine hours. That’s how much sleep a healthy adult needs each day, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). If you regularly get less, you may be risking a host of health problems, from diabetes to heart disease and depression. To get a better night’s sleep, incorporate these tips from sleep specialist Dr. Camilo Ruiz, DO, FAASM, medical director, Choice Physicians of South Florida, and a spokesperson for the AASM.
CREATE A ROUTINE
Learn to practice good bedtime habits to help your body transition from day to night. Relaxing stretches, a warm bath, a glass of red wine or warm milk with a book (no blue light, please, so put the smart phone, iPad, or Kindle away and turn off the TV), can signal your brain that it’s time to slow down and sleep.
DEDICATE THE BEDROOM
The bedroom is not your office or entertainment room. If you pay bills, talk on the phone, or watch TV in your bedroom, your brain will associate those stimulating activities with the space—thus making your brain’s transition to sleep more difficult.
EAT DINNER EARLY
It normally takes a person about two hours to fully digest a meal. Eating right before bed can cause nocturnal reflux and disrupt sleep quality.
We all know this, but there is science behind the power of all those natural chemicals your body creates. Studies have shown that exercise, particularly moderate-intensity aerobic activities (like walking), helps adults with chronic insomnia fall asleep more quickly, sleep longer, and enjoy better sleep quality.
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