Your quality of life may be suffering.
You’re tired. It’s the end of the year and the middle of a busy holiday season. It can be the most stressful and chaotic time of year.
There’s so much to get done with gifts to buy, parties to attend, and get-togethers to plan. Unfortunately, sleep can take a back seat.
And a lack of sleep can lead to unwanted stress, irritability, and illness.
Your mind and body could pay the price if you’re not getting enough sleep.
DON’T SKIMP ON SLEEP.
Sleep is crucial for your overall health and well-being. While you sleep, your mind and body can rest and repair, which helps you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead.
Unfortunately, too many people suffer from a lack of sleep. According to The Sleep Foundation and the National Library of Medicine, it’s estimated that sleep deprivation affects 1/3 of American adults.
Sleep deprivation and quality of life.
If you are sleep deprived, your body doesn’t get a chance to heal and recover.
Some of these health-harming effects include:
Feeling fuzzy and unable to think clearly impairs decision-making and judgment. Sleep is essential for your cognitive function, allowing your brain to process and consolidate information.
Lack of sleep makes it harder for your body to regulate moods and emotions—and when these get out of whack, they can affect your relationships and outlook on life. Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms associated with depression and anxiety disorders.
A sleep deficiency can weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable to getting sick. Studies have found that people who don’t get enough shut-eye are at higher risk for colds, flu, pneumonia, and other respiratory illnesses. It can also increase your risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Sleeping less than 6 hours a night causes your body to produce more cortisol, a stress hormone that tells your body to hold on to fat instead of burning it off. Plus, when you’re tired or stressed, your body produces less leptin and more ghrelin—two hormones that tell you if you’re hungry and if you should eat..
How to get the sleep you need for good health.
Getting consistent, quality sleep is vital to avoid sleep deprivation’s harmful effects. This means getting about 7-9 hours of sleep each night, depending on your individual needs. Try practicing good sleep hygiene and creating a healthy sleep environment to set yourself up for sleep success.
Avoid: afternoon caffeine, bright screens before bed, and late-night sugary treats.
Create: a healthy sleep environment that is cool, dark, and quiet and includes organic, natural bedding with an ideal-fit mattress.
THE FOUNDATION FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S REST.
Sleeping on a comfortable mattress that’s just right for your body and sleep style makes all the difference in your quality of sleep and quality of life!
When you get great sleep, it makes everything else in life better.
If you need help finding the best sleep solutions for you—organic bedding, natural pillows, and handcrafted custom-fit mattresses—our sleep consultants would love to assist you.
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