Sleep has been proven to be a crucial component to your health and well-being. Without adequate sleep your risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes increase.
While you sleep at night, your body is hard at work repairing your body from the day’s stress, and refreshing your cardio vascular system and energizing your muscles for the day ahead.
Numerous studies have proven the relationship of sleep and health benefits, and you should be concerned with how much sleep you are getting at night.
How Much Sleep Should You Get
Traditionally, experts have all agreed that the average person requires 8 hours of sleep per night. This number was based on the average time that it took a person to enter REM, or dream, sleep. This is when you are in your deepest sleep of the night.
There have been more recent studies however, that show how different people achieve deep sleep at different times throughout the night.
Due to these studies, scientists have now given an average range of sleep between 6-8 hours.
It has also been proven that the quality of your sleep is much more important than how many hours you get per night.
Tips For a Better Sleep
How can you improve your sleep? There are many different things that affect your nightly rest.
Below are a few of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep at night.
Maintain a Consistent Schedule
Having a consistent schedule will allow you to set time for the important things in your life. Your internal clock will learn your schedule and staying on the schedule will become easier and improve your health.
Don’t Go to Bed on an Empty or Full Stomach
Having or not having food in your stomach can create a situation where you will not rest properly. When your stomach is empty you trigger your hunger responses, if you go to bed on a full stomach your metabolism spikes to digest your food.
Engage in Regular Exercise
Regular exercise gives you energy to get through your day but also allows your body to rest at night. When you exercise you actually cause stress and trauma to the body, as well as stimulating hormone responses.
As you rest after exercise your body dedicates its attention to the repair and adaptation. Because of this your normal distractions that keep you awake no longer alert you.
Invest in a Comfortable Mattress and Pillows
Many people understand that a comfortable bed is a great thing to have. But many people understand that it can affect their health. Investing in your health is important, why would the right bed not be the same.
Set a Comfortable Temperature
Studies have shown that the ambient, or room temperature, is important to a good night’s sleep. An article on WebMd explains this. Your brain sets a different body temperature when you are sleeping that is designed to help your body heal while you rest.
The suggested range for room temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a pretty big range because many people have different base body temperatures.
You should choose a setting that allows you to feel comfortable.
Sleep and health benefits for your body are studied more now than any time in the past.
You should be paying attention to the quality of sleep you are getting at night, because getting a good night’s rest can prevent many serious health risks and provide your body the energy it needs to face the daily stress of your life.
Interested in how you can recharge your body throughout the day without taking a nap? Read my article on meditation at the health benefits for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and welcome any comments.
Cheers to your health!