Regularly sleeping less than seven hours at night can put your health and safety at risk, which is why it’s essential that you prioritize and protect your sleep on a daily basis.
Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating a balanced, nutritious diet and exercising.
Though sleep needs vary from person to person, most adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
- Regulates the release of hormones that control your appetite, metabolism, growth, and healing;
- It may boost brain function, concentration, focus, and productivity;
- It may reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke;
- It may help with weight management;
- It may help to maintain healthy immune system.
- It may help with mental health issues such as sleeping disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea;
- It may help to lower the risk of chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, certain types of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
Consider implementing some positive lifestyle and sleep habits in order to log the needed seven hours. These may include anyone of the following:
- Establish a realistic bedtime and stick to it every night, even on the weekends.
- Maintain comfortable temperature settings and low light levels in your bedroom.
- Keep a comfortable sleep environment by ensuring you have a good mattress, pillows, and for your sleep preferences and body type.
- Consider a “screen ban” on televisions, computers and tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices in your bedroom.
- Abstain from caffeine, alcohol, and large meals in the hours leading up to bedtime.
- Exercise during the day; this can help you wind down in the evening and prepare for sleep.