Do you get the recommended amount of sleep each night? The National Sleep Foundation says adults 26-64 should plan to get a solid 7-9 hours of sleep each night and anyone above the age of 65 should get at least 7-8 hours–yet 1 in 3 Americans aren’t getting enough sleep at night.
Not getting enough sleep can be dangerous for your mental and physical health. Getting a good night’s rest can transform your life by improving your personal and professional performance, your relationships, your creativity and your decision making.
Further, studies have found a direct link between short sleep and premature death. Check out the 10 ways sleep can extend your life:
Reduce stress: Getting a good night’s sleep can decrease stress by 21%. No matter how stressful a workday may seem, it’s important to end the night with a good night’s sleep.
Reduce chronic illness: There are at least 10 chronic health conditions that are directly linked to a lack of sleep, and the risk of contracting one of these illnesses increases with age.
Improve your body’s healing abilities: Your body can heal up to 16% faster from an injury if you get quality sleep during recovery.
Get ahead of sleep apnea: Nearly 1 in 4 men and nearly 1 in 10 women suffer from sleep apnea, which can lower your life expectancy. Prioritizing sleep can help your body avoid the condition altogether.
Fight neuroticism: If you suffer from neuroticism, sleep can help calm your nerves. Try getting some shut-eye to calm down and live a longer life.
Prevent heart-related problems: Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night can greatly reduce your risk of heart-related diseases and illnesses.
Restore cognitive functions: Your brain needs a rest! If you don’t log at least 6 hours of sleep a night, your body’s cognitive deficit functions equal to 2 nights without sleep.
Avoid poor decision making: 26% of adults who don’t sleep enough report higher risks of poor decision making.
Curb snacking and prevent obesity: You won’t late night snack if you go to bed early. Reduce your changes of obesity and snacking by getting a good night’s rest.
Reduce the risk of drinking: Alcohol prevents you from getting a full REM sleep, so even if having a few drinks helps you get drowsy, it’s not helping you sleep better. Skip the glass of wine on your way to bed for a longer, healthier life!
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