Is quality shut-eye eluding you? The 2010 Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed that blacks reported getting the least amount of sleep on workdays/weekdays, generally no more than 6 hours.
The problem? Experts have proven that less sleep can equal increased disease risks, including diabetes…and an increased waistline.
So what are some reasons you’re not falling asleep…and what can you do about it?
1. Your Sleep Schedule Isn’t Consistent
Who says bedtime is just for kids? Take extra care to maintain your sleep schedule, especially on the weekends. The body responds to routine. If your bedtime is sporadic- 11 pm some nights, 1 a.m. others- your mind won’t be properly prepared to snooze on the weekdays.
2. You Read In Bed Every Night
Reading before bed is a habit for many. Problem is, your body has likely adapted to that routine-it won’t go to sleep until you’ve logged a couple chapters. Retreat to a comfy couch or window nook instead for your literary fix. The bed should be off limits for anything other than sleep or sex.