Are you tired in the morning? Do you spend most of the day yawning and feeling drowsy? Can’t focus or concentrate? Then you are probably not getting the rest you need at night. And you are not the only one. Today, almost 50% of people across the globe say they are not sleeping enough and almost 25 million Americans are sleep deprived.
A few restless nights will most likely only leave you feeling irritated and short-tempered and not cause too much damage to your health. However, if the problem persists for weeks or even months, then the effects on your well-being are far more serious and harmful. Sleep deprivation leads to high blood pressure and obesity, as well as long-term illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
What is more, lack of sleep can also result in mental and sleep disorders, the most common being depression and insomnia. Not to mention the 1 in 25 US drivers who report falling asleep at the wheel and causing 20% of all car crashes.
Experts agree that the ideal amount of sleep for the average adult is 7 to 9 hours. This does not mean that you can take naps during the day to compensate for lost sleep at night. Or that you can reduce your sleep debt by hitting the snooze button on weekends. For the best kind of slumber, you need at least 8 hours of uninterrupted, quality sleep throughout the night.
Want to learn more about sleep? This fun and detailed infographic will shed more light on all sleep-related issues. If this caught your attention, read on.
Sleep should be a priority, but it often isn’t, leading to health issues that may otherwise be avoided. If there’s one thing you can do for yourself that costs nothing and has many benefits, it’s getting the sleep you need. Today, resolve to set aside time to wind down and encourage this most essential of activities. You’ll thank yourself! To make it easier to sleep, keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet. Sleep on a comfortable mattress like Nuvanna that’s designed to promote better sleep. You can also try relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation to get the sleep needed for your healthy living.