Mastering Your Health: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
With all of the activities and urgencies that happen on any given day, sometimes we miss out on the more important things in life. One day, we may miss a meal. Another day, we don’t exercise or move our body enough. But, for most people, the most common sacrifice is sleep deprivation.
Sleep is an essential component of good health. You have to get enough hours of sleep each night in order to allow your body to regain its natural condition and become healthier and more alive. If you fail to get enough hours of sleep each night to allow your body to fully rest, that can trigger health consequences such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Unfortunately, due to the altered lifestyle of many people, proper sleep is neglected. Some people may deprive themselves of sleep because of work that needs to be done. Others may find themselves so engrossed with their electronic gadgets or socializing with friends that they lose track of time. Others simply have trouble sleeping even though they try. Regardless of the cause, a person’s body will gradually start to feel less energetic, will develop lower metabolism, and become more prone to sickness.
Becoming a master of your health will help you return to the ideal state of your body through proper sleep. Ideally, adults need 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night, children should sleep between 10 and 14 hours, and older people can be fine with only 5 to 6 hours.
So, how do you become a master of your health and achieve that?
- Follow a good sleeping routine. Condition your body to feel relaxed and sleepy, so you can easily go to sleep. Follow a routine that will keep you stress-free and ready to lie on your bed. Take a bath or perhaps put on some soft music and turn off the lights. By winding down from the day’s activities, you are able to prepare your mind and body for sleep.
- Mediate or say a prayer. Oftentimes, what keeps us from sleeping properly is the clutter of thoughts on our head. Meditating or praying can help you let go of those thoughts by quieting your brain and releasing the noise.
- Create a list of limitations to avoid before you go to sleep. Avoid having caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda, later in the day. Do not eat too much during dinner and be sure to eat early enough that you will have a few hours to digest before you go to sleep. Avoid other activities that can stimulate the brain, such as playing games on your computer or watching TV.
- Establish a fixed time to go to bed. Create a schedule that specifically designates a bedtime and rising time in order to achieve the right number of hours of sleep. This will keep your biological clock in order and condition you to have better sleep in the future.
-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA 22101