We all know that sleep is essential for good health but, during stressful periods, sleep quality and quantity are often hardest hit. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults ages 18-64 need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Adults 65+ need 7-8 hours per night. Let’s be honest readers, how many of us actually achieve that?
We will often tell ourselves, “I’ll make up my sleep on the weekend,” but the hard truth is that there is no making up for a sleep deficit. After several nights of losing sleep—even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night—our ability to function suffers as if we haven’t slept at all for a day or two. Our organs suffer, our brain suffers, our mood and ability to focus suffers.
We can practice the best diet and exercise routine, take the best medication, and participate in the best therapy, but we won’t be at our best without sleep.
Enough is enough!
Here are a few steps to begin taking today to improve sleep quality and quantity: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/healthy-sleep-tips
Need to relax the mind? There’s an app for that! Try one of the following (available for both Apple and Android products):
- Insight Timer
- Relax Melodies