A Lack of Sleep Can Impact Health

A third of US adults report they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases.

October 12, 2017 | 2 min reading time

This article is 5 years old. It was published on October 12, 2017.

Studies show that not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following sleep related tips to improve your health:

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. The National Sleep Foundation says sleep benefits the body in several ways, including:

  • It decreases inflammation.
  • It lowers your risk of obesity.
  • It helps to control blood sugar.
  • It improves your mood.

Learn more about how a good night’s rest impacts your health here: https://sleep.org/articles/getting-enough-sleep-can-help-ward-off-diseases/

For additional information, visit: http://www.sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/healthy-sleep-habits

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