Sleep is a matter that is often studied and discussed. I’m sure you’ve found yourself wondering “How much sleep do I need?” or “Am I getting quality sleep?”. One thing is clear, sleep matters.
It takes the average person 7 minutes to fall asleep. If it takes you less time than this, it may be a sign of sleep deprivation. The recommend amount of sleep for adults is 7-8 hours. Yet, only 21% of adults are getting the recommended amount. Even if you think you are getting enough sleep, the quality of sleep may actually be more important the quantity. You might be waking up during the night and not realizing it. There could a be a lot of reasons for this. Your room might be too hot or too cold. 18.5 degrees Celsius is a good temperature to strive for. You may be drinking too much water before bed, causing you to have to use the restroom in the middle of the night. There have been numerous amounts of studies on how light affects your sleep. Try to sleep in a room that pitch black. Use black out curtains if street lights or other outside lights is getting into your room. Perhaps your bed is inhibiting the quality of your sleep. If your mattress is sagging or the springs are weak, it may be time for a replacement.
Once you start getting a good nights sleep, you may be surprised to find how much your life improves. Poor sleep leads to over-eating and sugar cravings, which could cause weight gain. You might also feel less irritable. You performance at school or work will increase because you’ll be able to focus better. You brain and body need sleep to function properly. Your short term memory is committed to long term memory while you are sleeping. This is also when your muscles recovery and your skin regenerates.
Sleep is an essential part of being human, though it is often neglected. There is no greater feeling than waking up after a great nights sleep. Don’t deprive yourself of this basic need. Sleep matters.