We know you’ve heard this before… sleep is important! Are you making it a priority and making sure you’re getting enough sleep each night? Sleep plays a key role in your health in both the short and long run. Not only does it help you daily in your routine, but it helps your overall health. There are actually many risks you face if you don’t consistently get the proper amount of sleep throughout your life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, adults (anyone 18 and up) should be getting at least 7-9 hours each night. Of course there are different factors that go into this but we want you to know: you shouldn’t be feeling sluggish every day! That is not the norm and you should want more for your body. Eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and working out will only do so much for you. If you’re running yourself thin on sleep, it will catch up to you and quick.
Risks of Sleep Deprivation
So while eating healthy and working out is great, you also have to make sure that you’re getting your 7-9 hours of sleep each night. I know this sounds tough and shoot, I honestly need to listen to this advice myself. But there are actually a handful of risks to long-term sleep deprivation. Take a look below:
- Heart Issues: This can include heart attacks, cardiovascular diseases, and strokes.
- Weight gain and obesity: Yes, even though you might be eating right and working out this is still a risk. Lack of sleep can disrupt hormones in your body that help you feel full and can also increase your cravings for high-carb foods.
- Diabetes: This is another risk when you aren’t consistently getting enough sleep.
- Lower workout performance: So while you’re probably thinking it’s a great idea to be up by 4AM everyday for the gym, this might actually not be the best idea for you. Your body needs time to recover otherwise you won’t be able to perform at your max.
Quick Tips to Follow:
We know it’s never fun to be the person who is going to bed by 10AM every night and we also know that sometimes it is hard to get to bed that early. Life gets in the way and sometimes you just truly aren’t tired. Here are some quick tips to help you be more mindful about getting to bed on time:
- Avoid naps: Yes a midday nap is always nice, but this will disrupt your sleep cycle which makes it harder when it’s time for bed.
- Set a sleep alarm: Apple iPhones have a bedtime mode that you can set to go on at certain times and turn off at certain times. Doing this will help remind you that it’s time for bed and it will put your phone on do not disturb mode!
- Stay off your phone: This goes hand-in-hand with the bedtime mode. The bright light from your phone (and tv) is going to keep you awake longer. Try staying off your phone and off television for 30-45 minutes before bed.
- Read a book: Many of us probably already do this before bed, so keep it up! This helps to relax your mind and can sometimes even put you to sleep.
We hope this helps you get your sleep schedule back on track! We want you to be the best version of you and sometimes that means getting back to the basics and getting some more sleep. If you’re feeling exhausted and drained, try these tips and see how it helps!
-The Disturbing Comfort Team