Don’t Sleep on the Importance of Sleep

Sleep is incredibly important for our mental health and overall well-being. Lack of sleep or sleep disturbances have been linked to depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues. Sleep provides the body with a chance to heal and repair.  Proper sleep can help restore the chemical balance in the brain and improve cognitive functioning, promoting clearer thinking. Additionally, getting enough sleep can help to keep moods regulated, promote healthy decision making, and help maintain overall emotional wellness.  

A recent CDC article* reports that 1 in 3 adults aged 18-60 do not get enough quality, uninterrupted sleep.  This article goes on to suggest that adults should sleep for 7 to 8 hours per night.  With this goal in mind, here are some simple tips to help you get some valuable sleep:

For more information check out some these resources:

The National Sleep Foundation:

The Sleep Doctor (a list of popular sleep apps):

The CDC: Sleep & Sleep Disorders:

  1. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and time
  2. Cut back on caffeine and stimulants leading up to bedtime.
  3. Avoid eating a large meal close to bedtime.
  4. Limit exposure to blue light (television, computers, cell phones) before bed.
  5. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortable.
  6. Take a warm bath or shower before bed.
  7. Exercise regularly, but not close to bedtime.
  8. Take time to relax before bed (read a book or listen to soothing sounds). 
  9. Place comfortable pillows in your bed.
  10. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.