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Why Do You Need 7-9 Hours of Sleep Each Night?

By Stepy Kamei

You probably know you need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but do you know why? Numerous studies have shown that the body tends to function better when it gets around this amount of sleep each night. Read on to learn more about how sleep helps you function better during the day, and what you need to start doing to ensure you're getting a good night's sleep.

Sleep Keeps Your Overall Health Strong

Generally speaking, when your body is getting the rest it needs each night, your body is better equipped to ward off a lot of health problems. For starters, a lack of sleep can lower your immune system, so an easy fix is to simply get more sleep. This way, your immune system has a better chance of being strong enough to fight off potential colds, flu, or other infections. 

On a long-term scale, studies have shown that people with better sleeping habits tend to have a lower risk of developing diseases over time, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Simply put, sleeping 7-9 hours each night is one of the best things you can do to maintain and improve your overall health. 

Your Metabolism Could Benefit From Proper Sleeping Habits

If you're sleeping well, your body has the energy it needs to function properly throughout the day. When you forego sleep, your body will start to seek out alternative ways of getting energy, possibly in the form of unhealthy snack cravings. Studies show that when you're sleeping well, your metabolism tends to work better, and you'll be less likely to experience unhealthy weight gain.

You'll Be More Productive Throughout the Day

Have you ever spent a day feeling foggy and unable to concentrate? This could be caused by a lack of sleep. When you get the crucial 7-9 hours needed, your brain will be refreshed, alert, and ready to focus on the tasks ahead. 

Hopefully this information helps inspire you to make getting 7-9 hours of sleep a priority. Try your best to stick to a nightly routine in order to get your body used to this healthy habit. Keep the temperature of your bedroom cool and dark by adding a fan and blackout curtains to keep out any light while you're asleep; it can do wonders when it comes to improving your quality of sleep. If you find you're still having trouble getting 7-9 hours for no obvious reason, be sure to check in with your primary healthcare provider.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland Parkway, Tex.

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