Are you getting enough sleep? Josh Snodgrass says, “Sleep is something that is important but often undervalued in our society.”
There have been several case studies that show people who don’t get enough restorative sleep have brain imaging patterns similar to people with Alzheimer’s disease.
It has also been stated that sleep deprivation can cause lowered learning ability and memory problems! So, not only is a lack of sleep aging you, but it’s also affecting your memory.
Eight Hours Is Recommended, But Nine If You’re Ugly!
There is no “magic number” for sleep duration, according to the Sleep Foundation—sleep needs are individual. Some people tend to need more sleep while others can function on less, but according to WebMD, chronic sleep deprivation may put you at a risk for
- heart disease
- heart attack
- heart failure
Lack of sleep has also been known to cause depression, forgetfulness, weight gain, and aging of our skin. Even with the proven studies and knowledge, we still find sleep unimportant. Only 59 percent of Americans get seven or more hours of sleep a night.
Get Back on Track!
Who wants to suffer from an illness or aging due to lack of sleep?! No one! Keeping consistent “sleep hygiene” can make a big difference your quality of life.
- Keep a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. Even on the weekends. This keeps your body regulated and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Incorporate a relaxing bedtime ritual. Keep your daily activities and your relaxing bedtime routines separate. In the evening, stay away from bright lights or excitement and stress that can make it difficult to fall asleep.
- Avoid naps! Power napping may help you get through your day, but it will also hinder your restful sleep at night.
- Exercise daily. Even light exercise is better than none at all, but vigorous exercise is best.
- Design a sleep environment. Equip your bedroom with conditions that will help you achieve a better sleep! Maintain a cool temperature in your room—between 60 and 67 degrees. Keep your room free of noise and light—all things that disturb your sleep.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy (nine or ten years for most good-quality mattresses).
So, on those days you forget just about everything or you look in the mirror and think to yourself, “I look old!” ask yourself: “Am I getting enough sleep?”
Find a bed that makes you feel good,