Are you getting enough sleep?

Sleeping disorders are on the increase. Find out if you get enough by completing this quiz

Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. If sleeping problems are a regular occurrence & interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. But if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness. The lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance and health. The good news? You don’t have to live with sleeping problems.

Tips for super sleeping

  • Stick to a sleeping schedule - Try to have a fixed time you go to bed every day, even on weekends.
  • Exercise regularly – but try to finish your workout a few hours before bedtime so your body can wind down.
  • Avoid caffeine – Avoid all drinks containing caffeine such as coffee, tea and energy drinks after 2 pm.
  • Take a warm bath before you go to bed.
  • Listen to relaxing music.
  • Do relaxation exercises.
  • Resist the urge to nap - Napping always feels like a good idea. However, taking a nap can make it difficult to fall asleep at night. If you have to lie down, try to do it before 3 pm and for no longer than half an hour.

If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes or so, get up and do something that will help you relax. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy again.

Bad sleeping habits to break

  • One of the most common reasons for sleep problems are attributed to watching TV/DVD’s, video games, surfing the internet or texting. It might seem like you are relaxing, however, it stimulates your mind making it harder to fall asleep. Make sure you turn off al screens at least 1 hour before you go to bed.
  • Eat a small snack before going to bed so that you’re not kept up by hunger, but avoid large meals or heavy foods. A full stomach can make it more difficult to sleep.
  • Clear your mind when you go to bed. Do not think of tomorrow, if your mind is busy, try writing down what you’re worried about. Try to put it out of your mind for the night and promise yourself that you’ll deal with it in the morning.
  • If you can’t sleep, don’t stress about it. Tell yourself that you’ll sleep eventually, and that even if you don’t sleep well tonight, there’s always tomorrow.

Source: kidshelpphone.ca helpguide.org

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