Your mental health, physical health, quality of life, well-being, and longevity all depend in part on your ability to regularly get enough quality sleep, at the right time, and intervals. The following are some of the benefits of getting regular, restorative sleep:
• Helps your brain and body recover from daily stress
• Improved decision making and performance
• Fuels feelings of optimism and well-being
• Enables you to stay alert for more extended periods
• Helps you to better interact with people
• Helps your body stave off disease
• Helps your muscles heal after strenuous activities.
While setting out to live a healthier, more productive life, the sleep you get will become more vital to your health and well-being. This will become evident as your everyday stressors and responsibilities increase, and as you age.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
The amount of sleep a person needs varies from one to another. However, according to MedilinePlus, most adults require between seven to eight hours of sleep per night. In fact, some may require up to nine hours per night.
What can I do to get better sleep?
Sometimes, better quality sleep can be achieved by making some subtle modifications in your daily and nightly routines:
• Establish and adhere to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up every morning at the same time for both weekdays and weekends.
• Maintain your bedroom in a cool, dark, and quiet state.
• Avoid eating or drinking (especially sugary foods and drinks, alcohol, and food with high-fat content) within a few hours of your scheduled bedtime.
• Get some sun. Add a morning or lunchtime walk to your daily schedule.
• As you approach your bedtime, refrain from using computers, smart/IOS phones, and other devices that produce artificial light, or stimulate you to stay awake.
If the above modifications do not produce longer periods of more restorative sleep, consult your primary care physician or healthcare team to identify potential medical conditions. They can also help you identify other obstacles between you and a good night’s sleep.
When Should You Call A Doctor?