Clocking Those ZZZ’s!

Sophie Schuetze, Staff Writer

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Are you constantly yawning and struggling to stay awake during the day? If so, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Along with food and water, sleep is one of the most important elements to a healthy lifestyle. Fitting in the recommended seven to nine hours in our hectic daily lives can be tricky, but you will find yourself more alert and awake during the day.

 

Although it’s tempting to let Netflix automatically play your next show, you must resist the urge for “just one more episode”. The blue wavelengths, or blue light, from phones, televisions, and computers trick your brain into thinking it is daytime. This causes us to lay awake, therefore throwing off our sleep schedules. To fix this problem, try turning off screens 30-60 minutes before bedtime.

Still having a difficult time falling asleep? Here are some tips to help you have a restful night’s sleep.

  • Avoid caffeine including coffee, soda, and chocolate. Caffeine blocks chemicals that help you sleep.
  • Do something relaxing like reading, taking a warm shower bath, or listening to music.
  • Consider taking a 20-30 minute nap between 2 and 3 pm. This will give you an extra boost during the day and won’t affect your overnight sleep.

Sleep is an essential part in a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you’re clocking the recommended sleep time of about seven to nine hours. Any less, you can feel sleepy and not well rested. Any more, you can feel groggy. If you are getting enough sleep and are still tired during the day, something deeper may be going on, and you should talk to your doctor.

 

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