Are You Still Not Getting Enough Sleep Every Night?
They also tell us that 60% of adults and 69% of children experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.
And there is more...
In addition, more than 40% of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least several days each month while 20% report "problem sleepiness" a few days a week or more.
We have to make a change
The benefits of getting regular, good quality sleep every night are enormous and include:
- Our memories improve
- We live longer, healthier lives
- The toxic inflammation in our bodies decreases
- We experience increased creativity, attention and focus
- There is less fat likely in our bodies and we can increase our muscle mass with exercise
- We lower our stress levels and decrease our risk of depression
- We decrease our dependence on stimulants like caffeine
- We lessen the risk of being involved in accidents of every type
Your goal should be long-term good quality sleep sustainability
- Important to know that you need sleep as you grow older, with one of the advantages being that a good night’s sleep could be the way to avoid back pain. Researchers have discovered that those discs in our spines actually have a twenty-four hour body clock so good quality sleep will help to protect that natural body clock and help you to avoid disc problems and back pain as you grow older.
- We often ask how much sleep do we need? Sleep experts have put together this litany of their recommendations for different age groups: While we know that adults usually need 7 to 8 hours, newborns sleep for about 16 to 17 hours a day but sometimes for only 1 or 2 hours at a time (as many new parents will have experienced). Older babies will need less sleep but of course every baby is different. Toddlers (1 to 3 years old ) – 12 to 14 hours a night. Preschoolers (those from 3 to 5 years old) require 11 to 13 hours a night. School-aged children (up to 12 years old) need 10 to 11 hours a night while teenager function best on about 9 hours a night.
- There are plenty of Natural ways to fall asleep including making sure your mind is not working overtime; going to bed and getting up at the same time each day with time to unwind before bed especially if it has been a hectic day; enjoying a soothing and warm bath before bedtime; melatonin is vital to ensure good sleeping habits and this is only produced during darkness so make sure your room is darkened when it is time to sleep; ensuring your mattress is not old and decrepit; and that your bedroom is neither too warm nor too cold.