Sleeping Easy

Sleep is one of the most important things for your health, but some nights it doesn’t come so easily. Heartland is here to help you sleep well.

Knowing when to sleep

Having a consistent bedtime is good, but some nights you’re just not sleepy. In those cases when your brain is buzzing, wait until it slows down to hit the hay. Racing thoughts can lead to insomnia.

Calm yourself down before bed by doing something that relaxes you. Whether it’s reading, taking a bath or meditation, putting off sleep for an hour to calm down is healthier in the long run.

Relax your body, too

Once you’ve put your mind at ease, focus on your body. Lie down on a flat surface and let your body go limp. Squeeze each part of your body one section at a time, starting with your toes.

Go from the bottom of your body to the top. Go from your toes to your heels, then knees, thighs and on up to your forehead. This is one way to help relax your body, but feel free to come up with your own!

Screens off, sleep on

Screens on your TV, phone or tablet can mess with your sleep. The blue light that those screens give off tells your brain to not make any melatonin, which helps you sleep. The light tells your brain to stay alert.

The best way to keep those lights away is to keep those screens away. That means keeping your tablet and phone face down, and your TV off.