Sleep is one of nature's best prescriptions for healthy bodies -- and minds. The average adult needs 7 hours of sleep each night to grow and repair. If you usually hit that 7 hour mark, thumbs up. If your sleep log reflects more 5-6 hour nights of sleep (or worse), it's time to make room for some rest.
When we're fatigued, we can get grouchy, easily flustered and forgetful. We might find ourselves reaching for a snack or a drink we don't really need just for a jolt of energy (which will be gone as fast as it comes on if we're grabbing sugary or high caffeine options).
But what if you can't sleep? You go to bed and spend the next 67 minutes watching the minutes tick by on the clock? Greatist.com offers 27 easy ways to sleep better. Some of the tips are environmental, i.e, room temperature. Others focus more on routines that can help, such as not exercising for a few hours before bed (helllooo, another reason to exercise first thing in the morning!).
If poor sleep is one of the things holding you back from a better, healthier you, decide today to do something about it. And if you've tried the tips that Greatist suggests and you still haven't gotten sleep relief, that "something" you do about your sleep might be call your doctor for an evaluation.