Most of us know someone who doesn’t have the best sleeping patterns. Not surprisingly, many of us think of ourselves when this topic comes up because we’re all too familiar with the fatigue, brain fog, and worn-down feeling that comes with missing out on a good night’s sleep. However, by committing to a consistent sleep schedule and staying well-adjusted, you can set the groundwork for keeping your energy up and keeping your body performing at its best.
Why it Matters:
Sleep plays a significant role in your overall health. Did you know that chronic sleep deficiency has been linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more? In fact, your sleep patterns directly contribute to your overall physical and mental energy levels and the overall function of your immune system. When you enter that sleeping state, your brain and central nervous system are hard at work preparing you for the next day. It makes sense then that lack of sleep is often tied to those physical ailments mentioned previously, as well as a decrease your immune system’s ability to fight common infections. The good news? Getting just 7-8 hours per night will allow your body to feel and function better.
- Getting enough sleep will help you feel more energized and experience less fatigue.
- Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.
- Consistently getting 7-8 hours of sleep may reduce your likelihood of getting sick.
Set aside some time to unwind each night. Indulge in a chapter of that new best seller or simply get comfy, close your eyes, and drift off with some calming music or your favorite meditation audio. If muscle tension, spasms, or pain are keeping you up at night, please let us know.
Science Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. June 7, 2017, Harvard Health Publishing. January 2006
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