About Sleep Week
Sleep Week generally falls on the week right after spring daylight savings occurs, which some might consider ironic timing — given how people feel like moving the clocks forward an hour deprives them of that much sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation’s mission includes helping combat sleep disorders. One in three Americans suffer from at least mild insomnia, attributing up to $107.5 billion in medical costs per year.
People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, depression, and diabetes. They also have a lower estimated lifespan and have increased rates of suicide as well.
Practice Healthy Sleeping Habits
Most sleep disorders can be treated with lifestyle changes. In the case of insomnia, try to stick to a sleep schedule and avoid drinking caffeine or too much alcohol before bedtime.
According to health professionals, the average adult needs between six and nine hours of sleep per day to function properly. Other age groups require more sleep per day than adults:’
- Newborns: 16-20 hours per day
- Children: 11-12 hours per day
- Adolescents: 9 hours per day
It’s also recommended you take a nap during the day. Even if it is just for a short period of time, it can make a huge improvement in your productivity levels.
Get on a Schedule
At the very least, you should observe some kind of sleep schedule. Health professionals suggest going to bed at the same time every night and making it a habit to power down an hour or so beforehand. Be sure to avoid heavy eating and drinking right before bed. You should also unplug from your television and telephone for an hour before you try to go to sleep.
Getting the right amount of sleep every day will have a positive impact on your life. Sleep deprivation can cause lower cognitive ability, decreased concentration and performance, as well as low productivity. However, getting the proper amount of sleep can increase performance and problem-solving skills in children and adults.
If you want to know more about sleep hygiene, check out what our sibling blog Everybody Loves Your Money has to say about the topic.
How much sleep did you get last night, readers? When was the last time you had any insomnia?