The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week © March 6th through March 13th, to raise awareness for the health benefits of sleep and its importance to safety and productivity. Make this year’s Sleep Awareness Week©your #7Days4BetterSleep. Download a infographic and sleep tips . Make sure to share them with your friends and family! Prioritize your sleep and adjust your routines in advance of Daylight Savings Time.
- Day 1 Start the week by making time for the sleep your mind and body needs. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours to function properly.
- Day 2 Leave a couple of hours between eating and going to bed. It will help you reap the maximum benefits of a good night’s sleep.
- Day 3 Power down to recharge! Blue light from screens can disrupt your circadian rhythm and affect your ability to sleep. Turn off your mobile devices before you head to bed!
- Day 4 Make your bedroom all about sleep! A comfortable mattress, pillow, and bedding will help you get a good night’s sleep. Keep your room dark and use cool paint colors for the walls.
- Day 5 Create a bedtime ritual. Make deep breathing, stretches and other relaxing exercises part of your pre-slumber ritual, to wind down and help get your mind ready for sleep.
- Day 6 Put your troubles aside and drift away. Keep a piece of paper next to your bed and write down any worries of the day before putting your head down to sleep. You’ll sleep better!
- Day 7 Sleep is important for everything – “Remember to account for Daylight Saving Time! Spring forward towards better sleep!” Sleep
Look up NSF’s Sleep Duration Recommendations to find out how much sleep is best for you. Then take the Sleep Awareness Week pledge: “I promise to use these seven days for better sleep!”