The imagery behind the common expression “slept like a baby” isn’t as pleasant as it sounds. Doesn’t it mean restless nights that are continuously interrupted? But sleep deprivation isn’t limited to those with children. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleeping disorders while another 20 million experience some occasional sleeping issues. This could mean people aren’t able to fall asleep, they wake up too often, or they don’t feel refreshed when they wake up.
One of the biggest myths concerning sleep is that the lack of it doesn’t directly effect your health. This couldn’t be more wrong. Sleep and health go hand-in-hand. The National Sleep Foundation lists several side effects of not getting enough sleep:
- It causes slower reaction times, which can be a safety hazard if you drive a lot.
- Less sleep can put you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- Sleepiness can attribute to many emotional issues like depression and anxiety.
- Lack of sleep can make you forgetful.
- Losing sleep can make you lose or gain weight drastically.
It’s recommended adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every day. As you sleep, your body rests, but your mind is still active, recharging and controlling many functions of the body.
As you get more sleep, you will be able to maintain certain aspects of your lifestyle. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. It’s already difficult enough to keep the motivation level high when you’re on you’re on your “A-game”. If you don’t get enough sleep, daytime sleepiness will begin to control how you live your life. In turn, you can gain weight, making it even more difficult to sleep at night.
It’s a vicious cycle, right?
Get sleep back on track if you have occasional sleeplessness
So what do you do? First, the National Sleep Foundation recommends you follow these tips to help you wind down at night.
- Stick to a schedule. Your body loves consistency.
- Practice a bedtime ritual. Read or listening to calming music are options, watching a show on your tablet is not.
- Avoid naps if you can, especially later in the day. If you’re really tired, just go to bed earlier—no one will judge you.
- Exercise daily.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
- Keep your room cool and dark and free of noise. Between 60 to 67 degrees is ideal and if it’s possible, invest in some blackout curtains for your room.
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