When it comes to our health, we have a basic, working knowledge of how to stay on the straight and narrow, but the nature of the modern world makes health and fitness harder to maintain. Modern life is insidious in that it kills us with kindness. Things like sitting too much, eating processed foods, and more can detract from our health when it seems like we’re doing everything right, so it helps to be informed and, more importantly, ready to make the changes necessary to live a healthier and happier life. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
First and foremost, let’s talk about sleep. Most of us aren’t getting enough sleep at night. There are many reasons for this, such as working too much and too hard, but many of the reasons are out of our hands, sadly. However, there are some things you can do to help yourself get the sleep you need and deserve. First and foremost, stay off of your AT&T smart phone for an hour, or more, before bed. The reason for this is two fold. For starters, the blue tinted LED light of your phone’s screen actually makes you more awake and alert. Similar lights are employed in airports to help weary travelers stay awake at the end of a long flight. Another reason to avoid playing Candy Crush or browsing Instagram is that too much mental stimulation prior to bed time can leave your mind too busy to fall asleep. So, when it comes time to get to sleep, you’ll want to have been relaxing and avoiding blue tinted LED lights for about an hour beforehand for best results. Another way to get to sleep more easily or faster is to take melatonin. This chemical is produced within our own bodies to regulate sleep, so it’s perfectly safe to take is as a supplement, and it will guarantee you the sleep you need, so long as you leave yourself enough time to get your eight hours of beauty sleep.
As mentioned above, sitting too much creates a litany of problems, from back pains to hernias, so let’s do something about that. Simply taking more walks helps a ton, but you can also invest in a standing desk if you work a desk job. Taking walks is, of course, the more pleasant proposal of the two. Taking a walk is known to also improve one’s mood and get the creative juices flowing, so there’s that going for it.