By: Mission Healthy Living
January 28, 2019
Between stress, screens and snoring, roughly 35% of American adults are sleeping less than six hours. While it might seem harmless to squeeze in that extra Netflix episode before going to bed, the consequences of not getting enough sleep can impact your overall health. According to the CDC, lack of sleep is linked with chronic disease—like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Try to aim for at least seven hours of sleep a night. However, each adult is different. Some people need more sleep and others need less. If you're not sure how much sleep you need to feel your best, try keeping a sleep journal where you record how long you slept and how you feel the next day.
If you suffer from chronic insomnia, or if you're getting enough sleep but still feel exhausted, it's best to consult with your doctor. Certain disorders, like sleep apnea, affect the quality of sleep you receive. Sleep disorders can often be diagnosed with a sleep study.
Just not catching the zzz's you've been chasing? Here are five tips to help you sleep better:
- Limit screens before bedtime. This means TV, computers, tablets—and even your phone.
- Get enough exercise or physical activity throughout the day.
- Keep your routine consistent. Develop a relaxing nighttime routine to help get yourself ready for sleep. Also, keep the same sleep schedule throughout the week, going to bed and getting up at the same times. (Yes, even on the weekends!)
- Ensure your bedroom is a quiet, dark and relaxing space. Consider using blackout curtains or a white noise machine.
- See sunlight during the day. If you work in a space without windows, try to get outside for a bit during the daytime. Maybe go for a walk over your lunch break.