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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

By Virginia Laird

Is there such a thing as plenty of sleep? Actually, although you may feel at times there is no way to get the sleep you need, you can begin doing just that. Health and wellness experts say that you should try to get at least six hours of sleep each night. There are plenty who will challenge this research, suggesting that in fact they do not need nearly this amount of rest. However, the facts indicate that when there is a lack of sleep, the body suffers in a variety of areas. A few reasons you need to start getting plenty of sleep include: 

  • Getting enough sleep helps manage stress
  • Making time to sleep can help improve your energy
  • Your sleep can impact your health

Getting Enough Sleep Helps Manage Stress

Many who struggle with stress also admit to trouble sleeping. Health and wellness experts say there is a link between sleep and mental health. Those who make sleep a priority tend to thrive mentally. On the other hand, research suggests that those who skimp on their sleep may be more likely to suffer with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. 

Making Time to Sleep Can Help Improve Your Energy

Maintaining your energy level is another reason you need to make sleep a priority. Experts advise that those who get the recommended amount of sleep each night find they have the energy needed to sustain their daily activities. However, those who are lacking in this area may struggle to get through the day without a nap. While there is nothing wrong with scheduling some downtime, it should not be necessary on a daily basis. If a lack of energy is something you are challenged with, start today increasing the amount of sleep you get each night. 

Your Sleep Can Impact Your Health

When it comes to your overall health and wellness there is no time to dawdle. Making time to exercise and eat right are high priorities. However, were you aware that your sleep can impact your health? According to research, those who get plenty of rest are far less likely to fall ill, and when they do become ill their bodies tend to more quickly overcome the sickness. Experts say that sleep helps the immune system fight off illnesses and impact your ability to remain well. 

Today is the day to begin making sleep a priority. Start leaving a few of the household chores for tomorrow, they aren't going anywhere. If bingeing your favorite television shows is what keeps you up, start limiting the time you spend watching it. Give yourself a bedtime today, and stick to it. This is the best way to ensure you are getting the sleep you need to be healthy and successful in your daily activities.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Asheville, N.C.

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