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Statistically, people are getting less sleep than ever. With cell phones disrupting our light cycles, stress from 2020, and unhealthy diets, tossing and turning seems to be status quo for many people. But the importance of sleep can’t be understated. Not only is sleep imperative to feeling rested, but it’s also crucial in the support of our immune system and even weight gain. And those factors are incredibly important in 2021. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to getting enough z’s at night.
Weight Gain and Sleep Loss
Believe it or not, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity. This is believed to be caused by multiple factors, including hormones and motivation to work out. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important that you get the sleep you need.
Concentration and Productivity
Sleep is critical for brain function. More sleep means improved cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. So, if you’re not feeling your sharpest, try to get some rest before tackling the more challenging tasks on your list.
Immune Function and Mental Health
During a pandemic, sleep is more important than ever. One study found that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold compared to those who slept 8 hours or more. Similarly, it’s estimated that 90% of people suffering from depression have poor sleeping habits, as well. Quite simply, better sleep is better for your overall health.
Tips for Better Sleep Habits
Now that you know some of the major effects sleep can have on our lives, here are some things you can do to improve your rest quality.
- Find a Routine- Try to follow a nightly bed schedule and stick to it so your body can adjust.
- Don’t Nap Late- If you nap too late in the day, chances are your eyes will be wide open at night.
- Avoid Screens- When you’re in bed try to avoid looking at your phone, laptop, tablet or TV. The artificial light can disrupt our normal sleep patterns.
- Exercise- Try to move your body and sweat during the day, so your body has a reason to relax and sink into your mattress.
- Avoid Caffeine- As the day winds down, try to avoid that afternoon cup of coffee so it doesn’t keep you up all night.
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