Sleep Deprivation is Unhealthy and Can Be Life Threatening Over Time
A good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do to improve your health, energy and brain function. Sleep is the time that our mind and body needs to heal and rejuvenate, and without enough sleep, our health suffers. That means we must find ways to get proper rest. Unfortunately, many people either don’t get enough sleep or can’t sleep. Today, one-third of all Americans get less than 6 hours a night. Per the National Sleep Foundation the average adult needs 8.25 hours of sleep per night. Reducing sleep by 1.5 hours a night reduces alertness by about one-third.
A night or two of sleep deprivation can make you groggy, unfocused and sluggish. These changes are accompanied by slower reaction times, increased appetite and being more emotional. Many of us compensate for these symptoms with caffeine or sugar. Just a week of too little sleep can increase our risk for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure and depression. Living on less sleep is not a habit we want to keep.
Poor Sleep Habits are Often to Blame for Sleep Deprivation.
We stay up late to complete a work project, get up early to get work and school on time and over-stimulate ourselves with substances and activities. Learning and practicing good “sleep hygiene” for ourselves is essential for our health and the health of our families. Good sleep hygiene habits seem like common sense but putting them into practice takes commitment and planning.
Savvy Tips to Help Improve Your Sleep
Tracking your Sleep
Too many things to changes? Consider using a sleep diary to help track your sleep habits for a week to see where you could use a little improvement. Pick one habit that may be interrupting your sleep and try to alter it.
Good sleep is essential to healthy relationships, mental health and physical health.
Practicing good sleep hygiene causes you to awake with a brighter outlook on the day, keeps you healthy, and improves your productivity.
Hello! I'm Jori Zimmerman, a nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Savvy. I work with individuals that are looking to make dietary and lifestyle changes that will lead them to living a healthier and higher quality of life.