For decades we have been taught that we need at least 8 hours of sleep at night in order for our bodies and minds to properly function the next day. Doctor's have proven this to be true, however many of us are still not getting enough sleep at night.
In today's society, Black women are busier than ever. Many of us are not able to get those full 8 hours of sleep and it is starting to show. According to a recent sleep study conducted in the Boston University Medical Center, “Black women report worse sleep quality than women of other racial/ ethnic groups. Insomnia disorder — trouble falling asleep and staying asleep — can increase risk of psychiatric illnesses, heart disease, accidents, and other poor health outcomes.”
What can we do to get more sleep? The CDC says “Good sleep habits (sometimes referred to as “sleep hygiene”) can help you get a good night’s sleep.”
Here are 5 major habits that can improve your sleep health starting tonight:
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
- Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
- Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
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