Getting enough sleep every night is one of the main factors in maintaining a healthy body. The consequences of not getting enough sleep are more than just grumpiness or drowsiness. Those who are getting less than the amount of their recommended sleep are at higher risk for gaining serious health issues such as, obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type-2 diabetes, depression, and anxiety.
It is crucial that we create and teach good sleeping habits at a young age to carry on throughout our adolescence and adulthood. The recommended hours of sleep for school-aged children is between nine and ten hours of sleep while college students on the other hand, are recommended at least eight of hours of sleep. Although, some may need more or less, depending on their body.
So what are the wonderful benefits of getting eight hours of sleep every night?
Sleep boosts your long term health! Getting enough sleep helps build a strong immune system and will ward off any viruses going around campus or at work. If you get sick often, your sleeping habits may be the one to blame.
Studies have also shown that those who get less than 8 hours of sleep tend to gain more weight and are at risk for obesity. If you get a healthy amount of sleep every night, you are less likely to overeat and more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.
Sleep prevents diabetes and heart disease. Those who are sleep deprived are more likely to have high blood pressure which can take a toll on the heart. Sleep deprivation also causes the body to alter the way the body processes glucose (carbohydrates that are used to fuel cells) potentially leading to Type-2 Diabetes.
Here are some ways you can create healthy sleep habits:
● Wait until you are absolutely sleepy before climbing into bed. Going to bed when you are still awake will most likely shorten your nightly sleep or tempt you to scroll through your phone.
● Try not to take naps during the day unless you absolutely need to. This will help you fall asleep faster at night and give you the deep sleep you need.
● Avoid energy drinks or caffeine for a short pick-me-up! These guys can disrupt your sleeping pattern. Rely on fruit or water for a natural energy boost.