Sleep Awareness Month: Good Sleep Matters!

a third of Americans lack the recommended amount of sleep. With little changes comes great rewards, and by making small changes you can start to get not only the suggested amount of sleep but a restful sleep.

Tip #1: Create a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Set a time to go to sleep and wake up. If you can have a set schedule all week that is great, but life does sometimes get in the way, so practice your sleep schedule at least 3-4 times a week.

Tip #2: Where You Sleep Matters
Keep a clean, clutter-free room, and always make your bed in the morning so it feels like your getting into a new bed each time. Your bed is a place of rest, so leave your work, food, and technology out. Use your bedroom to create an atmosphere that promotes mindfulness and peace.

Tip #3: Adopt a Healthy Diet
Not only does eating healthier boost your energy levels, but it also helps better your sleep. In my own experience, I went vegan for a month and I got the best sleep I ever had. I didn’t have any problem going to sleep or staying asleep. When I fall back into poor eating habits, I have less energy, no motivation, and my sleep patterns are off.

Tip #4: Meditation
Meditation is a great way to set the tone for your night of sleep. By following a simple meditation your body and mind fall into a deep restful sleep. There are many apps like Buddhify, Calm, and