Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
SEVEN to EIGHT. HOURS. AT NIGHT. EVERY NIGHT.
You may have the same reaction to that as I did a couple of years ago when I heard it for the first time. How in the world can I sleep for that long each night?
Maybe you are like I was in my twenties and you can fall asleep fine but you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep.
Or maybe you’re like a lot of my friends, who have a hard time turning off their brains and going to sleep in the first place.
Maybe you sleep fine, but you’re still tired during the day.
Almost half of the adults in the US report feeling sleepy between 3 and 7 days a week during the work day. 30 percent of adults have some form of chronic insomnia.
Research shows that people who sleep less than seven hours a night have an increased risk of death of almost 25 percent!
In general, Americans just aren’t sleeping well. And for many people, good sleep just isn’t a priority. But it should be!
Benefits of good sleep include:
- Improved mood
- Healthier heart
- Regulated blood sugar
- Improved Mental function
- Restored immune system
- Stress relief
- Athletic performance
- Healthy weight maintenance
Our mission at Lakeland Health + Fitness is to increase the healthspan and lifespan of our community. Sleep is a key component to both!
In future videos, I’m going to talk about proven strategies for getting better sleep. But for now, the commitment I want you to make to yourself is that you’re going to make sleep a priority.