In theory, everyone knows that sleep is important. Getting enough shuteye makes us functional in all aspects of our life– mentally, physically, and emotionally. But sometimes we forget the importance of sleep and test our bodies by staying up late, getting up early, or having restless nights. We could give you 100 reasons why you need to prioritize sleep, but here are the three biggest ones:

  1. Ongoing lack of sleep leads to an increased risk of… everything.

This might seem like an exaggeration, but honestly, it’s not. Consistent sleep deprivation leads to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke… just to name a few. Getting enough sleep lets your body heal and repair itself– trust us, you need it.

  1. It boosts your mood (and no one likes cranky adults).

We’ve all witnessed a kid who stayed up too late and is terrible the next day. Cranky, crabby, grumpy… none of it is fun. But lack of sleep doesn’t just affect children’s moods, it can affect everyone. You’re just not yourself when you’re tired.

  1. Sleep helps you concentrate + focus, and makes you a better worker.

Ever pulled an all-nighter working on something for school or work? Bad idea. While you might get that one project done in your time awake, you’re pretty much useless the next few days at your job. Sleep helps you concentrate and focus, and without it, your productivity will disappear.

 

So you know that sleep is important for your mind, your mood, and your physical health. But sometimes it can be hard to make getting those 8 hours (or more) a priority. Here are our three biggest tips to make sure you get the sleep you need:

 

  1. Get on a schedule.

This is definitely the most important way to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Try to make yourself go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day– whether it’s the weekend or a weeknight. Getting into a regular routine will help your body follow a schedule and you’ll find it easier to fall asleep and wake up.

2. Avoid big meals, electronics, and exercise before bed.

For an hour before bed, try to do something relaxing. Think of it as your mental health time. Read a book, do your skincare routine, take a hot shower… whatever helps you feel at peace. Just avoid any major food or exercise. Plus: stop watching Netflix before bed. Blue light can do a lot of damage and whatever you’re binging can wait.

3. Make yourself comfortable.

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. Who can fall asleep when they’re too hot or too cold, or when the bed is too soft or too stiff? Spend time picking out your mattress, blankets, and pillows to make sure they’re just right for you. Invest in some perfect pajamas. Then set your bedroom temperature to the perfect temperature for you– most experts recommend between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.

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