When it comes to good health, there are some key pillars that everyone agrees upon:
But oftentimes, even people who tick these boxes can neglect one of the most significant factors affecting our health: Sleep.
Part of the reason for this is that sleep is often seen as a simple, passive activity to recuperate for our waking lives. However, this is not the case! Science is beginning to understand that sleep involves many active restorative processes that are crucial for our health.
Some of the important processes that occur during sleep:
So based on that list alone, you can see just how important sleep is. When you get enough good quality sleep, there is a long list of benefits:
How much sleep do you need?
Most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but not all sleep is equal! Consuming alcohol and caffeine in the 4-6 hours before bed time can reduce your sleep quality by preventing you from going into the deeper stages of sleep. Similarly, bright lights from television and phone screens right before bed time can impact your ability to fall asleep and prevent you from getting enough deep sleep.
How can you make sure you are getting enough good quality sleep?
Here is a checklist of things that can improve your sleep:
So remember don’t slack off on your sleep!
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