Sleep is Essential for Good Health!
Today it seems that many people are having challenges getting a good night’s sleep. There are many reasons, including stress and the increased use of electronics. Here are a few suggestions from Kelly Brogan, M.D.:
Sleep is a behavioral act that can be reprogrammed and supported, so here are some ways to promote change:
- Find out how much sleep you need by determining an optimal wake up time and then going to bed 8-9 hours prior for a week until you wake up before your alarm.
- Prioritize this pre-midnight bedtime so that you can capture the slow wave sleep that occurs in the early part of the night.
- Minimize blue light electronics by powering down after dusk or using apps like f.lux, and amber colored lights to replicate fire light that may be more familiar to our ancestrally programmed brains.
- Reserve the bedroom for sleep and sex, and leave the bed if you are struggling to preserve behavioral conditioning around time spent there.
If you are looking at your computer, laptop or cell phone right up till your bedtime, you are creating a major challenge to getting a good night’s sleep.
Do you tend to wake up around 1-3 in the morning? That could be a blood sugar drop, so look at what you are eating and drinking each evening.