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AFC Blog 4Our bodies are like machines. In order for them to work at their optimal level every day, they need to be fed properly, exercised, and well rested. Unfortunately, because we have a tendency to over-schedule ourselves during the day between work, family, and extracurricular activities, sleep tends to be put on the backburner. However, sleep should be a priority each night in order to recharge our batteries and obtain the energy we need to be productive the following day.

Quit Counting Sheep. Start Catching Zzzs.

We should never deprive ourselves of sleep. Sleep not only improves our heart health and immune system, getting a good night’s sleep also helps to boost our mood while increasing our longevity.

Start getting a good night’s sleep by putting it on your schedule and making sleep a priority. This week, plan to go to sleep by 10 p.m. every night. Adjust the time as needed in order to find the perfect hours to sleep that work best for your schedule. Then, stick to it! No matter what, plan your time to where you are able to still get the amount of sleep you need each night.

In addition, do not drink caffeine after a certain time. It is recommended that the cut-off time be around 2 p.m. so that you are not wide awake when you should be sleeping.

If your family pet keeps you company at night, you may want to consider giving them a new bed to sleep in. While they are cuddly, they can disturb our sleep cycle. (How can something so small take up so much room?) It may be hard at first, but both of you will be happier in the morning with the new routine.

Are seasonal allergies preventing you from sleeping well at night? Come by our office today so that our friendly and knowledgeable medical staff can help you get the relief you need in order to get a good night’s sleep.