ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares 4 tips on how you get good quality sleep, which The National Sleep Foundation says is when "important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs" and notes, "Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones."
Dr. Travis' sleep tips include:
- Have a consistent sleep schedule - try to go to bed around the same time each night and develop a routine, which will help your body know that it's time to sit down and rest
- No caffeine after 2 PM - that afternoon coffee might sound like a good idea, but when it's bedtime and you're feeling wide awake, you're going to regret it
- Do not drink alcohol 3 hours before bed - late-night drinks could lead to a night of staying up too late, also Dr. Travis notes that excessive drinking can disrupt the body's REM sleep, which is needed to replenish the body's energy
- Get 15 minutes of sunlight in the morning - this will help keep the body's circadian rhythm (our body's internal clock) on track and help you fall asleep at bedtime
The Doctors urge our sleep-less viewers to give these tips some time and allow your body to adjust, and hopefully, you'll be resting soundly soon -- Bonus tip: avoid TV and devices just before bed if you are having trouble sleeping.