We are asleep for approximately one-third of our lifetime. Crazy, right? From this fact alone, it’s easy to see why sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being.
According to the CDC, adults age 18 and older should get at least seven hours of sleep per night. However, studies also show that one in three adults do not get this recommended amount of sleep daily.
The benefits of a good night’s slumber range from a clearer mind to lower stress levels. To find out why sleep is so important for your mental, emotional and physical health, read on…
Sleep increases productivity and work performance
You heard it correctly – pulling those all-nighters isn’t doing you any favors. When you give your body time to rest, it boosts energy levels, repairs muscles, improves memory, and releases vital hormones essential to everyday function!
Sleep improves mental well-being
Sleep might just be the ultimate form of self-care. Getting enough rest can help alleviate feelings of fatigue (drowsiness, loss of energy and mood swings) that may contribute to stress, depression, and anxiety.
Sleep can help with weight management
According to the National Sleep Foundation, not allowing your body enough time to rest can lead to an increased appetite due to hormones becoming irregular. This may lead to feelings of hunger and weight gain.
Exercise regularly to help with sleep quality and daytime energy levels.
Avoid stimulants – such as caffeine or nicotine – before bed as they promote alertness.
Stick to a schedule to keep your body on a consistent routine.
Put electronics away as blue light-emitting devices can hinder a good night’s sleep.