The importance of getting a good night's sleep may sound like a silly thing to write about in 2016. We all know how important it is to get solid sleep every night, yet few of us really have a handle on how to get the best sleep possible.
It is obvious that your sleep cycles will have a profound impact on individual brain function, emotional well being, physical health, and daytime performance. Getting enough sleep will keep us more alert and will influence our ability to perform not only complex tasks, but even rudimentary chores can be problematic if we are deprived of sleep.
Even with widespread understanding of the importance of sleep, the CDC recently reported that a full third of adults in the US don't get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation isn't just something that affects individuals personally, The National Sleep Foundation reports that drowsy drivers claim more than 1,500 lives and causes at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year.
The CDC also notes “Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.”
So the question becomes, why do we put ourselves in a position that leads to such an unhealthy situation?
Well, it could be argued that we are really, really busy and we need to exercise more.
The Bureau of Labor statistics released numbers last year that since 1999, more than 25 million Americans - 20.5 percent of the total workforce - reported that they worked at least 49 hours a week, and 11 million of those said they worked more than 59 hours a week.
The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reports that a regular exercise routine does contribute to improved sleep. In particular, the study suggests that exercise may not have an immediate impact on sleep, but in fact may take several weeks or months to significantly change sleep patterns.
Basically, we work too hard in the office and not hard enough at the gym.
What is one to do about it? Here are some suggestions before you spend $3,000 on a new mattress or go spend hundreds of dollars on seeing a sleep specialist.
By altering your daily routine by a very small measure you will have a profound impact on not only your health and performance but will also lead to greater fulfillment in your routine activities.