It might not seem like you are getting much done while you sleep, but your body is hard at work on the inside. With a good night’s sleep, stress levels  decrease and you remain more alert and attentive during the day. It even lowers your risk of depression and regulates your blood pressure naturally.

On the flip side, studies show that a lack of proper sleep can cause ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity as well as impair concentration during the daytime.

We ideally need seven to eight hours of sleep to feel well rested.

Sleep deprivation can be caused by many factors:

  • Physical problems like abdominal pain or heartburn
  • Breathing problems as in case of an asthma attack
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Neurological disorders like narcolepsy (a sleep pattern disorder)
  • Medication like antidepressants
  • Aging

How Can You Get A Good Night’s Sleep? 

Make restful sleep a priority: Getting a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed and recharged is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Stick to a schedule as much as possible: Sleeping and waking up on schedule regulates your body clock and prevents insomnia.

Get ready for bed ahead of time:  Rituals like having a cup of herbal tea or warm milk well ahead of bedtime can signal to your body you are winding down. Finish your last meal a good hour or two before you hit the sack. If you have trouble sleeping at night and tend to take short naps during the day, stop for a while and see if that helps.

Exercise every day:  A workout during the day or early evening, light or rigorous, is a good way to improve on sleep.

Set up your bedroom: Getting a good night’s rest has a lot to do with the environment in which you sleep. Try not to have the television on before you fall asleep, to avoid any noise and excessive light. Draw the curtains and dim the lights in the house.

Find the right mattress and pillows: The ideal mattress is supportive and comfortable and need to be changed every now and then. One decade is good enough for a good quality mattress.