Make sleep a priority

Boy sleeping

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Sleep is a crucial component to overall health and wellness, so it’s important to make it a priority.

Amanda from Priority Health says when kids and adults don’t get enough sleep, it can affect their healthy by leading them to make unhealthy food choices, it can throw off the hormones that regulate feelings of hunger and fullness, it might cause you to skip your workout, and overall can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Tip 1: Improve your overall sleep schedule. Create a routine for yourself when you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.

Tip 2: Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Read a book, limit light, reduce noise.

Tip 3: Avoid “sleep stealers.” Be conscious of how much caffeine you’re consuming during the day. Don’t use electronic items like tablets, phones or watch TV before bed.

Tip 4: Physical activity and healthy nutrition. Regular physical activity can increase the length and quality of your sleep. If exercising late in the day keeps you awake, get your workout earlier. Make a healthy choice if you eat late in the day. Avoid meals heavy in fat, sugar, or anything spicy.

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