Getting the right amount of good sleep for your body and lifestyle is one of the important components of leading a healthier lifestyle. Good, quality sleep has many benefits; the amount and the quality of sleep impacts the body physically and mentally. According to sleepfoundation.org, some of the benefits of a good nights rest is improved mood, improved heart health, regulated blood sugar, improved mental function, restored immune system, improved stress tolerance, increased athletic performance, and increased ability to maintain a healthy weight.
According to The Cleveland Clinic if we don’t get enough sleep, we will experience short-term effects such as lack of alertness, excessive daytime sleepiness, and impaired memory which can affect our quality of life, important relationships and lead to increased risk of accidents. For someone that has chronic or prolonged sleep issues this could lead to long-term and more serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack/ stroke, obesity, depression, reduced immune system functioning, lower sex drive and premature wrinkling of skin.
The Cleveland Clinic suggests the following nightly hours of sleep broken down by age rage:
These are just general suggestions and can vary based on various genetic, behavioral and environmental factors.
First, you need to treat sleep as if it’s important and take your sleep hygiene as important as your regular hygiene! According to the Sleep Foundation, the following are ways we can improve our sleep hygiene: