Write, Sleep and Be Healthy
That’s right! Tracking your sleep routine and some other key bits of information can improve your quality of sleep and your general health.
In a study conducted at Duke University, 1,978 older adults found people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.
Getting started is easy. Grab a notebook or download this sheet put together by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It’s as easy as printing it off and leaving it by your bedside table so you can fill it out before and after sleeping.
How to put the diary to work.
Review your completed diary to see if there are any patterns or practices that are helping or hindering your sleep.
Is your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep? Or are there too many distractions? Did your nap interfere with a good night’s sleep? Make incremental changes. Changing one habit at a time can set you on the path to healthy sleep.
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