Being thrown off your sleep schedule for even a day or two can have negative effects on your health. And if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the stakes are even higher.
It’s important to adopt and implement sleep habits that promote good health. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite and most effective healthy sleep habits that can be part of your regular routine. There’s nothing quite like a good night’s rest.
Getting good sleep is essential to maintaining good health throughout your life. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.”1 We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
It may seem that not getting enough sleep only affects you physically, but it doesn’t. Your mental health also suffers if you’re consistently sleep deprived. According to Harvard Medical School, “Although scientists are still trying to tease apart all the mechanisms, they’ve discovered that sleep disruption – which affects levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones, among other things – wreaks havoc in the brain, impairing thinking and emotional regulation.”2
Lacking the proper amount of sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, many of these physical problems slowly develop over time. “Many of the costs of poor sleep go unnoticed. Medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, develop over long periods of time.”3
If you have trouble falling and staying asleep at night, don’t worry. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite and most helpful habits that will help you consistently get a great night’s rest:
As we continue into the new year, keeping to healthy sleep habits should be a top priority. Hopefully we’ve given you a nice head start with some of our favorite healthy sleep tips.
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