Sleep Like a Baby

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Did you know that American adults  who were short sleepers (less than 7 hours per 24-hour period) were more likely to report 10 chronic health conditions compared to those who got enough sleep? (source

Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint. It occurs when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep even though you had the opportunity to get a full night of sleep. 

Good sleep promotes good health, including brain health.  Sleep represents a third of every person’s life and it has a tremendous impact on how we live, function and perform during the other two-thirds of our lives. It is indeed as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Your behaviors during the day, and especially before bedtime, can have a major impact on your sleep. They can promote healthy sleep or contribute to sleeplessness. Your daily routines – what you eat and drink, the medications you take, how you schedule your days and how you choose to spend your evenings – can significantly impact your quality of sleep. Even a few slight adjustments can, in some cases, mean the difference between sound sleep and a restless night. Completing a two-week sleep diary can help you understand how your routines affect your sleep.

Create a Healing Sleep Environment

The idea is to prepare your body for bed by preparing for sleep and establishing a bedtime ritual. Your circadian rhythm gets fooled by the artificial light from bulbs and devices suppressing our pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin. Even though the body is exhausted the mind can be wide awake. There are ways we can enhance our environment: