You're lying in bed worrying about getting to sleep. Vicious circle. The more you worry the less you sleep.
Most Americans don’t get enough.
But how much is enough sleep and what can you do if you don't get it? Here are some interesting facts based on most recent research:
- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says adults need 7 to 8 hours a day, teens 9 to 10 hours, and schoolchildren at least 10 hours.
- You shouldn't watch TV or use electronic devices right before going to bed, as the screen light makes you more alert.
- The best way to sleep well is to go to bed and rise at the same time each day -- always, whether you slept well or not.
- It's probably okay to take short naps during the day if you're especially tired.
One of the best and easiest ways to drop off is the "4-7-8" method: breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7, then breathe out through pursed lips for 8 seconds. Do that four times.
And if one of the things keeping you awake is insurance, you know what to do -- just give me a call!