Did you know the average person spends nearly one third of his or her life sleeping? We have long known sleep can improve your health, mood and overall well-being. Recent advances in wearable technology have given us a greater understanding of just how impactful good sleep can be on the body. These devices use movement and heart rate variability to better measure time spent in each sleep stage. This sleep data can then be used to determine how well rested you are for the day ahead. Here are four helpful tips from Garmin to set the stage for healthy, restful sleep1:
- Stick to a Sleep Schedule: Try to maintain a consistent bedtime and wake up time. Your daily routine influences your quality of rest.
- Exercise Daily: Even a light workout during the day can have positive effects at night. You can boost your sleep duration with exercise, as it may help you feel more tired and be ready to sleep at the end of the day.
- Watch Your Intake: Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating heavy meals in the evening can cause discomfort from indigestion than can make it hard to sleep. Try to avoid these sleep disrupters, especially later in the day.
- Wind Down: Spend at least the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. Working these habits into your sleep schedule can help calm your mind and ease the transition from a busy day to a nighttime ritual.