An increase in the amount and quality of shut-eye
should be at the top of everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list as numerous
studies have proven the physical and emotional
health benefit of getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night. This is according
to Doctor Jacques Snyman, clinical advisor for Resolution Health Medical
ways to prevent insomnia
Your first Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep
cycle occurs approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep and reoccurs every
90 minutes thereafter, increasing in length the longer you are asleep. The less
you sleep, the fewer REM cycles you go through. Energy is provided to your body
and brain while your body and muscles are completely relaxed.
– Add a
relaxing pre-sleep ritual into your daily routine. For instance a warm bath, reading a book, or a cup of herbal tea.
– Exercise daily.
– Avoid alcohol,
cigarettes, coffee and heavy meals 2 – 3 hours before bedtime.
– Create a sleep
inducing environment: dark, quiet and cool.
“Getting sufficient sleep is one of the
easiest ways to improve your lifestyle and basic health. Thankfully, it’s a
rather enjoyable activity to add to your New Year’s Resolution list and not
hard to incorporate into your everyday life.” Snyman concludes.