As cold season begins to wane, many of us have been practicing ways to stay healthy -- like washing our hands and taking our vitamins. But there’s another secret weapon to keep you on your feet: sleep. While we all could probably all say that we know sleep is important to staying healthy, it’s not often that we actually prioritize it.
This week is National Sleep Awareness Week. And, here’s what you need to know about sleep:
Sleep to Live
- Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
- Your cells and tissues need to recover from use during the day. While you sleep, your body repairs tissues, builds up muscles, and uses protein to create energy.
- Lack of sleep alters hormones, affecting metabolism and your responses to stress.
- If you depend on caffeine throughout today, feel sleepy while driving, or regularly feel exhausted, you might be on the low end of enough sleep.
- Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting on the low end of that and you don’t feel rested and energized, aim for an hour more.
- Drinking alcohol close to when you go to bed, while it can make you fall asleep, will cause you to wake up during the night.
Sleeping is always at the bottom of the to-do list. Since there will never be enough time in the day, maybe consider making a short list of the “essential tasks to do today/tonight”; when the clock hits a certain time, drop everything and head upstairs.
We’ll be learning to stick to our own advice! If you are looking for any ideas on how to get more or better sleep, don’t hesitate and click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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