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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? [Challenge]

by on July 5, 2015
 

How many hours of sleep do we need?

Research shows we need about 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep a night to be at our best. Many of us understand we need a good night’s sleep to function properly, but very few of us make it a priority to do so. It’s time to change that trend.

Adequate sleep increases our productivity and creativity. It allows us to maintain our emotional balance, physical vitality, and even affects how we control our weight (hint hint to all you dieters).

While we are sleeping, we may appear still but our mind and body is busy at work. Once we reach deep sleep, or REM sleep, our bodies go into repair and growth mode, building and renewing tissue much faster than when we are awake. Not sleeping enough limits our ability to fight off infection, repair damaged tissue, and just recover from the wear and tear of the previous day.

How do we know if we’re not getting enough sleep?

One of the obvious indicators of not getting enough sleep is feeling fatigued. But, being sleep-deprived can extend beyond just dozing off during the day. Do you find it difficult getting out of bed in the morning? Lack motivation? Sleep deprivation has be linked to concentration and memory problems, higher stress levels, and even weight gain. None of these are good for gamers, so rest up!

Get a better night’s sleep.

Now that we know a good night’s sleep is the key to productivity, how can we make sure we’re doing everything we can to make it possible? Here are a few tips:

Limit the alcohol before bed

Alcohol (and nicotine) negatively affect your REM sleep (the most important part!). Try not to partake in such activities right before bed.

Start adding to the sleep hours

If you’re clearly missing the 7-9 hour sleep mark, it’s time to start adding hours to your sleep time. Add an hour or two of sleep each night until you reach seven and a half. Then, don’t look back.

Set a sleep schedule and stick to it!

Sleeping is quite possibly the most important part of the day (well, night, really). Make getting the adequate amount a priority!  Keep track of when you’re getting to bed to help yourself adjust accordingly. You will see tremendous health gains and an overall increase vitality if you do.

Check out the links below for more information on sleep.

HelpGuide.Org – DailyMail Health


 

Edited by: Alex Miller and Emily Deaton

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