Your Daily Wellness Tip
March 7, 2016
Make sleep #1 at night and be #1 all day!
Daily Dose
Sleep and technology go together like oil and water. And by oil, we mean the midnight oil that’s far too easy to burn when you get caught up in texting your BFF, catching up on social media, and other online pursuits. Numerous studies show that staying e-connected interferes with sleep. And new research shows that the reverse is true, too: Sleeping badly may make you more likely to check Facebook compulsively the next day. Can you say vicious cycle? The explanation has to do with focus, and a lack thereof: When you don’t sleep well, you tend to be more distracted and distractible. And what are social media and the Internet in general if not distraction’s dream come true! By prioritizing your sleep at night, you’ll improve your focus and productivity by day. Start by getting back to basics: For starters, keep a consistent bedtime and wake time, avoid screens for an hour prior to bedtime, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and keep your room a sleep haven. Create a relaxing bedtime routine that includes dimming the lights (or switching to red wavelength lights only), keeping the temperature of your room cool, taking a bath or shower, meditating, doing gentle stretching, and…turning off your devices. To avoid temptation, keep them out of the bedroom. They’ll be there in the morning, we promise!

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