Make sleep #1 at night and be #1 all day!

“Creating and maintaining a healthy sleep pattern is deliberate. It involves several important steps including decreasing stimulation in the evening, increasing exercising in the day and learning to concentrate on the act of falling asleep.” Bill Chesnut, MD

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Make sleep #1 at night and be #1 all day!    Cleveland Clinic Wellness newsletter_ March 7, 2016.   Sleep and technology go together like oil and water. And by oil, we mean the midnight oil that’s far too easy to burn when you get caught up in texting your BFF, catching up on social media, and other online pursuits. Numerous studies show that staying e-connected interferes with sleep. And new research shows that the reverse is true, too: Sleeping badly may make you more likely to check Facebook compulsively the next day. Can you say vicious cycle? The explanation has to do with a lack of focus.

Sleep and technology go together like oil and water. And by oil, we mean the midnight oil that’s far too easy to burn when you get caught up in texting your BFF, catching up on social media, and other online pursuits. Numerous studies show that staying e-connected interferes with sleep. And new research shows that the reverse is true, too: Sleeping badly may make you more likely to check Facebook compulsively the next day. Can you say vicious cycle? The explanation has to do with a lack of focus.

When you don’t sleep well, you tend to be more distracted and distractible. And what are social media and the Internet in general if not distraction’s dream come true! By prioritizing your sleep at night, you’ll improve your focus and productivity by day.

Start by getting back to basics: For starters, keep a consistent bedtime and wake time, avoid screens for an hour prior to bedtime, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and keep your room a sleep haven. Create a relaxing bedtime routine that includes dimming the lights (or switching to red wavelength lights only), keeping the temperature of your room cool, taking a bath or shower, meditating, doing gentle stretching, and…turning off your devices. To avoid temptation, keep them out of the bedroom. They’ll be there in the morning, we promise!

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