As a nation we are a population of people on the go, but you might be short-changing yourself if you’re sacrificing sleep for more activity. Sleep is an essential element of the Seven Pillars of Aging Successfully™.
Some suffer from insomnia, others are overextended with days (and nights!) packed with events, gatherings, and late-night programming that cut into sleep patterns. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 30% or more than 40 million American adults sleep fewer than six hours a night. Most health organizations recommend 6.5-8 hours of sleep a night.
Sleep benefits many aspects of your body including heart, mind, weight and more. Our brain functions better with sleep, from higher learning to improved memory. Sleep is also important to your vital organs. When we are at rest, our organs have time to recharge and replenish the body to function efficiently; this reduces fatigue and increases stamina. You may also see a reduction in blood pressure, inflammation, stress and depression.
Sleep comes easier for some than others, but here are some suggestions that might help:
Choosing a mattress is an important purchase given the amount of time you spend sleeping. On average we spend almost 30% of our lives sleeping. ELO50 recommends doing your research before making a purchase. Some tips include:
For more on sleeping habits, check out this article in the February 2017 Consumer Reports.