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by Emily Borgeest, blogger
Sleep is an essential bodily function, just like breathing the air, eating, and drinking water. Without sleep, your body cannot function properly, and you will experience difficulty performing daily tasks. The problem with this essential bodily function, however, is that many people have trouble falling asleep at night, and others that can easily fall to sleep, do not allow for enough sleep.
People tend to go nonstop all day (especially women) and they don’t stop until their head hits the pillow. Even though sleep comes easily for many people, they will awaken after only the bare-minimum hours of sleep. This is because the mind doesn’t really stop. Within seconds of awakening, your mind goes right back to thinking of what you have to do, and planning the next move.
Stress can negatively impact your sleeping. In addition to stress, watching television before bed, as well as drugs and alcohol, all affect sleep. Caffeine and nicotine will detract from your sleep: caffeine stays in your body for up to fourteen hours and increases the number of times you are likely to wake up throughout the night. Nicotine also will cause uneasiness during sleep. Some people believe that alcohol will make you sleep better, but that is true only for a short period of time. Alcohol may make you fall asleep, but it will end up causing you to wake up several times throughout the night and will disturb your sleep. It causes you to sweat, have intense dreams, and can cause headaches. These disturbances in your sleep are what cause you to feel hungover the next day.
Are you one of these people who experiences difficulty sleeping and don’t sleep enough? Don’t fret; there are several steps you can take to improve your sleeping habits. For tips, click ahead!
Try practicing these recommendations, and be sure to leave yourself a solid eight hours for sleep. You should feel well rested and refreshed in no time!