Are you getting quality sleep? Your health depends on it.
In recent years, sleep, or lack thereof, has become a hot topic. Numerous studies show that lack of sleep can negatively affect your mental and physical health. In the short term, pulling all-nighters may not affect your health, but in the long term, getting inadequate/low-quality sleep increases the detrimental effects. The most common risks are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke1. Other potential risks include obesity, depression, dementia, and recent studies are adding Alzheimer’s to that list.
“Some recent studies suggest that poor sleep contributes to abnormal levels of beta-amyloid protein in the brain, which in turn leads to the amyloid plaques found in the Alzheimer’s brain. These plaques might then affect sleep-related brain regions, further disrupting sleep.” - Lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s risk | Comprehensive Sleep Care Center
Luckily, taking the time to get consistent, quality sleep is achievable for most of us. Add in exercise and a healthy diet, and many risks are alleviated.
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
- Create a peaceful sleep environment (dark and calm)
- Exercise, but not right before bed
- No caffeine 6+ hours before bedtime
- Limit daytime sleep (unless you work the nights)
- Manage stress before bed (create a list of concerns to tackle the following day)
Take the time for better sleep today, so you can be your best self tomorrow.