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Getting Your ZZZs

Getting Your ZZZs

by Holly Foreman - December 01, 2017

After some investigation, I purchased a fitness tracker that also monitored my sleep. Sleep tracking was at the top of my list when searching for a wearable device.

Now that I have had it a few months, here is what I have learned about my sleep…

I do not have a regular sleep routine for going to bed and waking up, and I regularly hit the snooze button before getting out of bed.

This means – I need to work on a developing a sleep routine… A routine to get ready for bed and a routine to ditch the snooze button.

To wind down at night, I like (or at least try) to read a book – an actual paperback book – before bed instead of watching television or scrolling through my phone… mindlessly! This helps me slow down my mind and minimize my screen time before bed.

Waking up is a different story, I am the queen of the snooze button.

As much as the snooze button seems like my saving grace each morning, sleep experts believe that hitting the snooze button in the morning leads to a more tired morning and doesn’t help us feel more rested. Unfortunately, this means that the nine minutes between alarms in the mornings is not how we get good sleep!

How do we start weaning from the snooze button?

Place your alarm clock just out of arms reach.
Let the sunlight in… No more blackout curtains.
Cut back on caffeinated beverages late in the afternoon or evening.
Take a few minutes to wake up and think about your day. By taking these moments to energize your brain, you will be awake and ready to get started.

Let’s rise and shine for a snooze-free sleep routine. For more sleep tips, visit shannonhealth.com.

   

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