Sleep is Essential to Good Health
Do you feel tired and sluggish through the day? Does it seem that you’re unable to think clearly, or that your mind is running in a whirlwind? If so, have you considered your sleep habits as a potential culprit? If you’re not getting enough sleep each night, your health is affected and you certainly won’t be yourself.
Would you believe that nearly 40 million Americans are affected by some type of sleep disorder? Also shocking, around 60% of all adults report they do not get the recommended 8 to 10 hours (for adults) of sleep each night. If you think that you’re not affected by these sleep disorders and the lack of sleep, think again.
Consequences to your health of not getting enough sleep include:
- Poor Appetite: Wonder why you can’t finish your dinner or why you have little to no appetite at all? Sleep could very well be the culprit.
- Increased Heart Rate: When you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep, your body panics. When it panics it causes your heart rate to increase. We all know the dangers of an increased heart rate. Studies suggest that individuals who get less than six hours of sleep per night are at a 60% increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Weight Gain: Yes, a lack of sleep can cause weight gain!
Although napping won’t make up for a lack of shut eye at night, it can certainly help you feel better during the day. Take a nap, if you can. You can also help yourself to better sleep by keeping the bed as only a place to sleep. In other words, don’t watch movies or participate in other activities lying in the bed. You can also increase your sleep by easing into night time at least 30 minutes prior to your bed time and by setting a regular bed time each night.