Hey everyone! In this past question of the week, I asked how much sleep you get most nights- or "beauty" sleep :) Here's what you had to say...
- 7-8 hours: 196 (48%)
- 5-6 hours: 152 (37%)
- More than 8 hours: 40 (9%)
- 3-4 hours: 14 (3%)
- Less than 3 hours: 1 (0%)
Votes so far: 403 Poll closed
I'm glad to see that the majority of you get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. I fall into that category as well, and sometimes I still feel like I need more! As you may know, I have a difficult sleep schedule because I work on a morning newscast- I have to be at work at 3:30 a.m., I wake up around 1:30 a.m., and I go to bed around 6:00! It's strange, but it's forced me to really make sure I'm getting enough sleep, since I want to be refreshed and energized on the news! And as I've found through doing a little research for this blog- the concept of "Beauty Sleep" really is legit! It's a time when your body can heal and repair itself. Experts on ivillage.com recommend 8 hours, and it'll help you steer clear of those dark circles, puffiness, and overall grogginess that doesn't help anyone look or feel good! Below are some of the best tips for getting quality sleep that I've found (besides getting all 8 hours!), courtesy of this article on wikiHow- check it out for a more complete explanation of these points and more.
- Sleep in complete darkness- or as close to it as possible- even a little light in the room can disrupt your circadian rhythm. I use an eye mask to block out excess light.
- Journal- if you feel like you can't turn off the thoughts in your mind, sometimes writing them down can make you feel more at ease before bed
- Avoid Caffiene- this sounds common sense- but for some people, even an afternoon can of pop can hinder your ability to sleep later on.
- Avoid Alcohol- though it might make you feel drowsy- alcohol can keep you from falling into the deeper stages of sleep where the body does most of its healing
- Lose Weight- Being overweight can increase the risk of sleep apnea- preventing a good, restful sleep!
- Remove the clock from view- This will keep you from obsessing over what time it is when you can't sleep- which may stress you out more.
- Keep your bed for sleeping- don't watch TV or do work there- it will be harder to relax.
- Exercise Regularly- Doing so for at least 30 minutes a day can help you fall asleep, just donn't do it too close to your bedtime.
- Put Your Work Away- at least 1 or 2 hours before bed. This will help you unwind and be less tense when you finally do go to bed.
Now if only we could follow these tips all the time! I know first hand that it's tough to really make sure you're getting all the sleep you need, let alone the best quality sleep, but hopefully if we can implement some of these ideas, we'll feel a little mor energized when we wake up!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!