Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Just about everyone notices the effects of sleep. When you sleep well, you feel refreshed and ready to start your day. If you sleep restlessly, you're often sluggish and unable to concentrate.
But did you know if you don't get enough sleep, it could also take a toll on your health? Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Inadequate sleep is linked to a number of health issues, such as obesity and increased risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
"Sleep, like exercise and nutrition, is essential for good health and general well being," said Dr. Phyllis Zee of the National Sleep Foundation.
The Benefits Of A Good Night's Sleep:
On the flip side, good sleeping habits may result in:
* Holding Type 2 diabetes at bay
* Better concentration and memory
* Keeping your heart healthy
If you have insomnia-----that is trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking early and being unable to get back to sleep-----talk to your health care provider.
7 Tips For A Restful Night
1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
2. Create a relaxing pattern before bedtime, such as a bath or reading a book.
3. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.
4. Keep work materials, computers, and televisions out of your bedroom.
5. Try not to eat or drink for 2-3 hours before bedtime.
6. Finish physical activity a few hours before bedtime.
7. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol close to bedtime.
Source: National Sleep Foundation. The preceding seven tips are intended for "typical" adults, not necessarily children or adults experiencing medical problems.