According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 3 American adults aren’t getting enough sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults 18–60 years of age, need at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Why is sleep so important?
Getting a good night’s sleep is a vital part of staying physically and mentally healthy.
“Poor sleep can lead to an increased risk for multiple medical issues, in addition to feeling poorly the next day. Depending on the cause, poor sleep can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and other medical issues, just as much as untreated high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and cigarette smoking.” said Dr. Frost.
Poor sleep can also increase the risk for anxiety, depression and other mood related conditions.
Tips for Sleeping Well:
Exercising is an important part of sleeping well. Regular exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy sleep cycle and comes with a number of added benefits. However, try exercising earlier in the day, so that you aren’t working out too close to bedtime because it could leave you feeling too wired to fall asleep.
Consistent Sleep Schedule
Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is imperative to achieving healthy sleep habits. Sleep hours should follow a routine from day to day, time to bed and time to wake should be consistent, even on weekends.
Be Careful of Over the Counter Sleep Aids
Over the counter sleeping pills, with the exception of melatonin, need to be used carefully. They are simply antihistamines, and should not be used for prolonged periods of time.
Myth vs. Fact:
MYTH: Drinking alcohol before bed will help you sleep better.
FACT: While it is true that alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, it is one of the most disruptive inhibitors to normal sleep. The sleep you get after drinking is very fragmented and unrefreshing. Alcohol use should be kept to at least several hours prior to bedtime.
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The content of this post is intended for general educational and informational purposes only; it does not constitute medical advice. Readers should always consult with a licensed healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.