The One Simple Trick That Could Help You Sleep Better

When it comes to sleep and aging, the science is mixed. Some studies have shown that sleep does not necessarily get worse as we age. “It is a common misconception that sleep needs decline with age,” the National Sleep Foundation tells us. But others have shown that the older we get, the more we toss and turn. According to Esquire, “aging brains mean people’s quality of sleep starts to plummet in their 30s.”

So what do we make of this contradictory information? One study might show us the way.

The Trend May not Matter

It really doesn’t matter to your day to day whether aging causes us to sleep better or worse. If you aren’t sleeping the way you want, you might need a new strategy. One study recently conducted by researchers at Northwestern University just might give you that strategy you need. The way you can sleep better has everything to do with what you do during the day, and relatively little to do with what you do at night.

“Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome,” the Philadelphia Inquirer recently wrote of the study. As it turns out, if you live a purpose driven life, it’s a lot easier to sleep at night.

Easier Said than Done?

Of course, living a purposeful life can be difficult at times. We all struggle and twist in the wind at various points in our lives. It’s only natural. Finding what moves you is indeed one of life’s great challenges. But it’s also one of life’s great pleasures. Whether you find what gives you purpose through personal connections, a passion, or even — as the Inquirer says — “mindfulness therapies,” it’s important that you find it. Especially if you want to sleep better.

Last updated: 10.19.2018

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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