The importance of sleep

There are just so many hours in a day – and when life gets hectic it may be tempting to cut back on sleep. Who can afford to spend one third of their lives in bed? In fact, the real question is: who can’t? No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!

When we sleep, our brains are busy with a variety of internal activities that help prepare us for the day ahead. Just one night of poor or inadequate sleep can affect our mood, our ability to concentrate, to work and to learn. In cases of chronic sleep deprivation, the effects may be much more serious, including an inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity, weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and other health problems.

How many hours do you need?

While requirements may vary between individuals, most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best.

The best gage of whether or not you’re getting enough sleep is how you feel during the day. If you’re getting enough hours, you’ll feel energetic and alert all day long. If you’re not sure, try getting in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm, i.e. your natural sleep-wake cycle. By keeping a regular sleep schedule, you’ll feel refreshed and energized.

To keep a regular sleep schedule, try the following:

  • Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose an hour when you normally feel tired. Try not to break this schedule, even on weekends.
  • Wake up at the same time every day. Try not setting an alarm. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally. And again, try not to break this schedule, even on weekends.
  • What about napping? When you break your routine for any reason, you can make up for lost sleep by taking a nap. But nap smartly to avoid insomnia. Do it early in the afternoon and for no more than 30 minutes.

If you’re still having trouble figuring out how much sleep you need, try any of a variety of Android or IOS apps to track your sleep and find your optimum time.

Make sleep a priority

You schedule time for work and other commitments. You also need to schedule enough time for sleep. Just because you’re able to operate on seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed

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