What You Didn’t Know About Sleep Deprivation

Are you getting enough rest? According to the National Sleep Foundation, a third of all Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and it shows when they visit their healthcare providers. Sleep deprivation is a health complication that many people struggle with.

People that get less than the recommended 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night are faced with health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and even heart attacks. In addition, those who are sleep deprived are plagued with lack of attention and an inability to focus.

The reality is shockingly simple: poor sleep habits cause sleep deprivation, which can take years off of your life.

That sounds scary, but the good news is that it’s never too late to seek the benefits of developing good sleep habits, such as lower blood pressure and stress levels, sharper memory and focus, and even an improved mood.

Here are 3 simple ways to start sleeping better: 

1. Set a sleep schedule – and stick to it! Going to bed just an hour earlier than usual can have amazing benefits that you’re missing out on by staying up later than you need to. If you can’t sleep in any later than you already are, try setting an earlier bedtime.

2. Create a nightly ritual to wind down. Avoid using electronic devices 45 minutes before bedtime. Sleep studies have shown that staring at screens before turning in for the night can decrease your ability to fall asleep.

3. Write down what’s on your mind. Take the time to jot down what you want to get accomplished the next day, so it doesn’t keep you up at night. You’ll sleep peacefully knowing you have a game plan for the next day.

Don’t let sleep deprivation’s side effects negatively affect your life. Take a few simple steps to improve your sleep and overall health.