I haven’t been getting too much sleep lately.  With temperatures in the high 80′s every evening and thunderstorms every week, I have been tossing and turning for hours each night before finally falling asleep.  The result: I look like death when I wake up.  Luckily, I know a few quick and easy ways to look more awake.  Read on to find out what they are!

I’m not your average person when it comes to sleep. For me, sleep has always been hugely important. I almost never pulled all-nighters in college, mostly because my body wouldn’t let me stay awake that long. I’m the kind of person who needs that 7-8 hours of sleep to function because a tired me is a cranky me.

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So despite the fact that I always find myself wishing there were more hours in the day, I try to stick to a fairly strict sleeping schedule. Because I wake up super early (just before 5 am), I’m usually in bed by 10 pm every night. While I don’t love being an early bird, I can tell the difference in my mood and energy levels when I go to bed at 10 from when I go to bed at 11.

Now that the weather is definitely getting colder  and the days are getting shorter, people are feeling more lethargic, sleepy, depressed–you get the picture.  It’s the perfect time to write about how to be a  happy person!

Keep reading for my 6 simple tips!

You’ve probably been told all your life that getting enough sleep is important.  I’ve always heard that 8 hours of sleep a day is necessary to be able to reason, focus, react and more! Well it turns out that not only does getting enough sleep allow you to function better during the day, but it also may keep you living longer, too! You’ll be surprised at the results of a recent sleep study!

I’m one of those people that enjoys staying up late, and by that, I mean at least 12:30 a.m. I like to watch episodes of Friends or Battlestar Galactica at night in bed, or surf a variety of news sites. Most of this is because I don’t have time to unwind really during the day.

When I get home from work around 6:15 p.m., I like to run all my errands and eat dinner. Then I try to spend time with my family, friends or boyfriend. By the time that’s done and finished, I need to shower. The problem is that this lack of sleep is catching up with me. Waking up at 7, and not going to sleep until at least 12:30 isn’t healthy, so I took a look at Fit&FabLiving’s Useful Tips For Better Sleep!

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