Many Americans are short on sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Instead of the seven to nine hours a night the NSF recommends, it's not uncommon for adults to get by with six or less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 25 percent of US adults say they occasionally don't get enough sleep and close to 10 percent have chronic insomnia. Getting enough sleep each night is important for supporting your health and wellness goals. Here are some ways to promote healthy sleep.
Your diet and exercise habits are two of the sleep-promoting factors over which you have the most control. A healthy diet with adequate protein allows your body to make neurotransmitters like melatonin and serotonin, the chemical messengers in the brain that promote sleep. Regular vigorous exercise – like a brisk 30-minute walk every day – is another way to promote healthy sleep. Adding in a supplement or a sleep aid can also help you get the REM sleep you need to be fully energized for the next day.
If you want to sleep well, controlling your environment is very important. Make sure you sleep in a dark, cool 60-67 degree room, with a comfortable mattress and pillows. Use light-blocking shades and something like a small fan to minimize light and noise. Back off on caffeine in any form; limit it to one or two cups of coffee in the morning or switch to decaf. Alcohol can make you sleepy but often disrupts your sleep so you wake up shortly after midnight; it’s better to skip the nightcap.
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