Why Sleep Is Important

Why Sleep Is Important

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.
We spend approximately a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is an essential and involuntary process, without which we cannot function effectively. It is as essential to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleeping helps to repair and restore our brains, not just our bodies.
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