A good night’s sleep is more important than you might think. While rising early and burning the midnight oil are worn like badges of honor in this “always on” culture of ours, the truth is that sleep is crucial.

Did you know…

Sleep loss can mean the decline of mental skills, including attention span, memory, mood, logical reasoning, and math skills.

Sleep deprived people have trouble recalling pleasant experiences, but can easily recall negative experiences.

Sleep improves your mood and in a recent study of professional violinists showed that a good night’s rest was more important than nutrition!

Sleeping on a decision measurably improves our ability to make better choices.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to improve the quality of our sleep. While a drink or two might put you to sleep, it can actually disrupt sleep later in the night. Other methods are much more effective. Exercise during the day, a cool shower at night (to lower body temperature), and turning the lights lower about 30 minutes before bedtime can help you sleep better. So put those glowing iPads and laptop screens away!

Of course, your home can have a dramatic impact on your ability to catch those elusive Zs. Ambient light, highway noise, or even nearby neighbors can cut into your ability to turn off your mind and start that all-important dreaming.

While this tends to be more of a problem for renters in apartment buildings and those in urban environments, even single-family home owners can find themselves in sleep-negative situations.

Don’t settle for a sleep-deprived life! If your living situation makes a good night’s sleep difficult, consider looking for a new place. Sleep is too important to ignore.

Need a nice, quiet house? We know where to find them. Let’s have a chat today: Kevin and Jennifer Hanley, REATLORS 904-422-7626 http://www.TheHanleyHomeTeam.com

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