Minute Monday: The Importance of Sleep

Jam-packed schedules filled with projects, meetings and deadlines prevent many working individuals from getting the proper amount of sleep each night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and 60% of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. So, how much sleep is enough sleep?

Sleep needs vary from person to person. Typically, eight hours of sleep is recommended for a healthy adult to not experience excessive sleepiness or drowsiness. Some individuals can go as little as six hours per night and not feel any side effects, while some need a full ten hours to perform at their peak. If you simply can’t get eight hours of sleep per night, it is important to make the most of those hours you do get to sleep.

In order to get quality sleep, here are a few tips suggested by the American Psychological Association:

  • Develop a regular bedtime and go to bed at the same time each night
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid having any caffeine four to six hours before bed and minimize daytime use
  • Minimize noise, light and excessive hot and cold temperatures where you sleep
  • Avoid spending too much time looking at a computer, phone, or tv screen before bed

If you can follow these steps, you’ll be closer to a good night’s rest and feel more energized and productive during the day, so make it a priority to hit the hay!

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