Why You Need Sleep
While you might be trying to sleep as little as humanly possible, you would be surprised at how much good one night’s rest does for your body and mind.... (click below to read more)...
Your Brain Doesn’t Turn Off During Sleep
Sleep isn’t when your brain shuts down for the night. In fact, your brain is busy at work while you are sleeping — it’s working hard preparing your body for morning and the day ahead. Without the right amount of restorative sleep, your body can’t think, create, or interact.
A Few Myths About Sleep
There are many myths out there about sleep and it’s time to face the facts before you start cutting back on this essential part of your daily routine.
One hour less of sleep each night won’t affect your body.
Even just one hour less could greatly affect your body’s ability to function the next day. Also, reducing the amount of sleep you get could lead to energy imbalance, cardiovascular issues, and even lower your immune system.
Your body can adjust to a new sleep schedule easily.
Resetting your body’s clock isn’t as easy as a traditional clock. If you need to adjust when you go to sleep and when you wake up, only adjust one to two hours at a time. For example, switching between a normal schedule and graveyard schedule means taking a week to slowly move yourself to sleeping during the day and functioning at night.
Extra sleep cures daytime fatigue.
While the amount of sleep you get each night is important, so is the quality. Even people who sleep up to 10 hours a night don’t feel well rested and when the sleep quality is poor it won’t matter how much sleep you actually got.
So, How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
Adults over the age of 18 need at least 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Any less and you’ll notice you don’t function properly, your brain is foggy and you’re fatigued. Too much and you could have the same result. Always get quality sleep — making sure you don’t toss and turn throughout the night.
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night or notice you’re fatigued throughout the day, contact the staff at Natural Health Atlanta. Sometimes poor sleep quality could be the result of a bad diet, excess weight or even a hormonal imbalance.