Safe Family: Getting enough sleep

By: News 12 Staff
By: News 12 Staff

Feeling tired, crabby and just plain worn out? Perhaps the problem was a lousy night's sleep.

A chronic lack of sleep can increase the risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.

So it's important to get proper sleep.

For adults that means about 7 or 8 hours a night, teens about 9 or 10, and younger school age children at least 10 hours each evening.

If you're struggling to get enough sleep here are some tips to help you get your zzzz.

Though it might be tough, try to stick to a sleep schedule. go to bed and get up the same time every day, even on weekends. This reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle.

Try not to drink anything with caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime or this may disrupt your sleep.

Consider starting a relaxing bedtime routine, such as taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book or listening to soothing music.

It can help ease the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness.

If you nap during the day try to limit it to no more than 30 minutes or you may have trouble falling asleep later that evening.

Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and may promote deeper sleep and try to manage your stress so you can wind down at the end of the day.

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