You've brushed your teeth, washed your face, and put on your most comfortable pajamas. As soon as your head hits the pillow, you're off into dreamland. You wake up the next morning feeling ready for the day because you slept through the night, and your body and mind are well-rested. For those who don't have trouble falling asleep – or staying asleep – they are part of a group that is shrinking. It is increasingly true that more and more people are having difficulty getting the sleep they need. This often results in them endangering themselves and others due to accidents and poor performance related to sleepiness. It's no secret that getting a good night's rest is essential for optimal health. Unfortunately, for many Americans, this ideal is not a reality. In America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night. Whether due to sleep disorders or hectic schedules, it is a problem that affects many. So much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have labeled insufficient sleep as a 'public health epidemic.' So, what can you do to get the sleep that is so vital to your well-being? Besides seeking treatment for any potential sleep disorder, below are some bedtime rituals you may want to try to aid in facilitating a restful night's sleep.
- Listen to (slow) music
- A warm bath