An ongoing lack of sleep or poor quality sleep increases your risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity. They are also linked to memory problems, forgetfulness and more fall or accidents.
Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Here are some tips to help!
- Good to bed and wake up at the same time every day – even on weekends.
- Find ways to relax before bedtime each night.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones, computers or televisions in your bedroom.
- Don’t eat large meals or drink alcohol or caffeine late in the day.
- Exercise at regular times each day – but not within 3 hours of your bedtime.
- Avoid long naps (over 30 minutes) in the late afternoon or evening.
Many thanks to the National Institute on Aging for this information. Visit here for more information on getting a good night’s sleep.
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