Mary Calvagna, MS
First you try opening the window, and toss and turn for a while. Then you get up and shut it. Maybe the pillow isn't fluffy enough, so you fluff it. You can't stop thinking about work and all the things you have to get done tomorrow. You fluff the pillow again. You roll onto your back, and then onto your stomach, and then return to your back. Fluff the pillow one more time. Lying in bed and staring at the ceiling, you realize that, once again, you are not going to get any sleep tonight.
During sleep, the body repairs and revitalizes itself. The brain, cardiovascular system, immune system, and other important parts of the body rely on sleep to function properly.
If you do not get enough sleep, you may experience:
Getting a good night's sleep can be difficult challenge, though. Before reaching for an over-the-counter sleep aid, try these natural tips:
In addition, restrict the number of activities you do in bed. Your bed should not become a place for watching TV, eating food, or doing work. It should be a place for sleep and sex. Hopefully, by following these tips you will be on your way to a blissful slumber.
Better Sleep Council
National Sleep Foundation
Better Sleep Council Canada
Canadian Sleep Society
Healthy sleep tips. National Sleep Foundation website. Available at: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/healthy-sleep-tips. Accessed June 5, 2012.
In the bedroom: sleep strategies. Better Sleep Council Canada website. Available at: http://www.bettersleep.ca/. Accessed June 5, 2012.
Why is sleep important? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why.html. Updated February 22, 2012. Accessed June 5, 2012.
Last reviewed June 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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