Sleep: How Many Get Enough of It?

Life is hectic and most of us are almost always busy with something to do, including me. This week alone I have to work six straight days at my job because one of my coworkers took a couple vacation days and I had to cover one of them (the day I had to cover was on my usual off day at that smh). Unfortunately, I work two 10 hour shifts, three 9 hour shifts and one 8 hour shift this week. Between my crazy work week, doing my exercises, working on my business, and other random errands that tend to come up, I keep wondering how much rest I’m going to get with everything going on.

Sleep is something that a lot of us take for granted and, believe it or not, it contributes greatly to our health and wellbeing. It is recommended that adults get between 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night to feel refreshed and energized. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a higher risk of disease and medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Your emotional and social interactions are affected by sleep deprivation as well. The benefits that you get from getting an adequate amount of sleep include:

  • Stronger Immune System
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • Improved Concentration & Productivity
  • Better Appetite Regulation (Eat Fewer Calories)
  • Lower Weight Gain Risk
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  • Greater Emotional Well-Being
  • Lower Inflammation

Besides the amount of sleep, the quality of your sleep matters just as much. If you constantly wake up in the middle of the night or you still feel tired after getting enough rest means that you probably have poor sleep quality. Stress, anxiety, your environment and schedule could also be potential reasons that you don’t get great sleep. Stress and anxiety can keep your mind wandering at night to the point that you’re up for the majority of the time that you’re supposed to be asleep. Your sleeping environment could be affected by such things as: temperature of the room, noisiness, brightness and interruptions from children or other family members and friends. If you have an irregular schedule, then your sleeping pattern is constantly being changed around and your internal body clock is always trying to adjust which makes sleeping at regular times difficult. Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep quality:

  • Spend time outside and be more active during the day
  • Reduce stress by exercising, therapy, listening to music, journaling or other means
  • Try and go to bed at the same time every day
  • Avoid sleeping in if you’ve already had enough sleep
  • Maintain comfortable temperature settings and low lights in your bedroom
  • Avoid eating heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime

Sleep is one of life’s important necessities that helps our body grow, repair tissue, replenish cells, retain and catalogue memories and learnings and restore energy. In our hectic world, don’t take your rest for granted because you will pay for it! Do you get enough sleep? What helps you fall asleep? Comment below!

Published by fitiquegirl

I'm the owner of Fitique World, an online fitness boutique for accessories and apparel. We strive to provide quality fitness products at affordable prices!

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