A woman is in bed, sleeping at night to maintain her sleep health.

Maintaining your sleep health equals better living.

The stresses of life often weigh on our minds. What is even worse is that they travel with us from work and to our homes. Certain factors influence how much stress we deal with on a daily basis. It’s important to not let your mental health deteriorate. Two of these factors are in your control. That includes your sleep health and daily exercise.

Maintaining Your Sleep Health With Exercise

Great exercise leads to better sleep and good sleep health leads to less stress. With that in mind, you have to remember the following:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Make sure you sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a day.
  • Regulate your time in bed to sleeping only.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and your room is relaxing enough to sleep.
  • Try not to eat before going to sleep.

These steps will help keep the body recharged and relaxed, which helps you avoid stress. However, sometimes it is not so easy to sleep. That’s why exercise is recommended as well because it exerts the body. After a rigorous workout, your body will crave rest, making falling asleep easier.

Avoid Taking Stress With You

In a recent study by the University of Florida, they found that people were more likely to bring stress from work into their homes. “Research shows employees who are mistreated at work are likely to engage in similar behaviors at home,” said University of Central Florida’s College of Business management professor Shannon Taylor, who teamed up with researchers from Illinois and Wisconsin for the study.

Without sleep and exercise, their body could not properly regulate their behavior. They found that people who moved less than 7,000 steps were more likely to carry stress with them than those who moved more than 10,000 steps a day.

Taylor concludes that “The study gives us a new perspective on the importance of getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for your spouse, too.”