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BRIEF: Sleep Awareness Week’s sleep routine (PODCAST)

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[/media-credit] This week has marked the annual Sleep Awareness Week in America, March 2-8, 2015.

This week has marked the annual Sleep Awareness Week in America, March 2-8. The implementation of this week into the national calendar is a testament to the importance of a proper sleep schedule.

Lack of sleep can cause many complications in one’s everyday routine. Just a few of these complications include slow brain function, lack of physical energy and, God-forbid, falling asleep at the wheel.

It is can be generally assumed that the older teens get, the less sleep is needed. Age, weight and other physical attributes factor into the exact amount you need, but the average number of hours an adult needs to sleep in order to have a smoothly functioning day is nine.

There are a few activities teens can add into the daily routine if they are having trouble sleeping that will help relax their body, granting a more sound state of rest.

Exercising on a daily basis with a proper diet can make it easier to fall asleep. If teens exercise routinely, though, use caution and make sure to not do any strenuous exercise at least three hours before bed, as this will only complicate your sleep efforts.

It is highly recommended that you try to avoid caffeine, at least in the afternoon, as this spikes energy levels. Also finishing your day off with a hot bath with salts can bring a great amount of inner peace before bedtime.

There are 25 more random acts of sleep routines that can help you reach comatose every night like clock work, but if you follow these few steps, you will be on the fast track to a deeper, more fulfilling sleep.

Make sure to keep the importance of sleep awareness in mind next time you or a friend is sleep deprived.

For more information on the importance of healthy sleep patterns, make sure to check out the Jan. 15 article, Student sleep triggers attentiveness, learning.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj.

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    Matthew JonesAug 30, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Well that was a lackluster meeting. I am surprised none of the other members showed up, usually people in groups are more committed. I am also hopeful the next meeting has more attendance as although I am not part of the group I would not like that to happen again.

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