With all the unsettling Coronavirus news lately, many are finding that restful sleep has become increasingly elusive. But sleep is an important part of life. In fact, a research review in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry revealed that those who don’t get enough quality rest were at a “25% higher risk of dementia.” So, what can you do to ensure you're getting the vital shut-eye you need? Follow a regular schedule of going to bed and waking up the same time each morning in a very dark, quiet, and comfortable bedroom with the clock turned away from you. Forego that heavy, calorific dinner meal, that extra cup of coffee, or that late-night cocktail and eat healthier food in the right amounts. Most of all, set up a relaxing bedtime routine: a hot bath or shower, a favorite book, or perhaps meditation. Some believe that aromatherapy—essential oil of lavender—can decrease anxiety and promote sleep.
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