Getting the right amount of sleep is vital to our health. Some would say it is the most important component of our health because it serves so many purposes like repairing the body, strengthening our immune system, lowering risk of heart disease and depression, improving productivity, lowering risk of unwanted weight gain, boosting athletic performance, and more.
A general recommendation for sleep each night is 7-9 hours. Though this guideline seems simple, the majority of adults don’t get enough sleep. Also 7-9 hours of good sleep is much different than just lying down for 7-9 hours. Waking up in the middle of the night can lead to poor quality sleep and a sluggish day ahead. Over-sleeping is not good for us either and can have negative effects on our health.
Start by setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep by…
- Going to bed around the same time every night
- Being more active during the day
- Trying to reduce stress throughout the day
- Making sure your bedroom is dark and quiet
- Keeping distractions out of your sleep space, including cell phones and other screens
- Setting the room temperature between 60-70 degrees
Good sleep is like all other habits in life. The more you work towards getting better sleep, the better it is going to work for you. So stop making excuses – hit the sack and feel the benefits!
By Greg Thomas, HealthEase fitness professional