How to Start Sleeping Better0

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 35% to 40% of adults in the U.S. have problems falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, globallyonly a handful of nations get the recommended average of 8 hours per night.

Dr. Matthew Walker, director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, says “The silent sleep loss epidemic is one of the greatest public health challenges we face in the 21st century.” He claims that chronic sleep deprivation leads to higher rates of cancer (bowel, prostate, and breast), diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, and many other grave health consequences.

In the foreword to the book “Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson, Dr. Sara Gottfried explains that improving your sleep can result in the following benefits:

  • Better skin health and more healthful appearance
  • Emotional regeneration and better relationships
  • Decreased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Fewer accidents
  • Lower levels of inflammation
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Hormonal balance
  • Faster rate of weight loss
  • Decreased pain
  • Stronger Bones
  • Lower risk or Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline; better memory
  • Longevity

If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, we’ve taken the advice from the top experts in the field of sleep medicine and organized their guidelines into 5 main categories for a good sleep foundation. We also included strategies for napping, traveling, as well as what you need to know about sleeping pills. The 5 major categories are:

  1. Circadian rhythms & light exposure
  2. Exercise
  3. Food & drink
  4. Stress and bedtime ritual
  5. Your bed and bedroom

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