We all know how important it is to maintain an active lifestyle to be healthy. Numerous studies and reports come out seemingly every day encouraging us to be active if we want to be healthy and live longer lives. Yet in the drive to stay active, the importance of stopping to get the proper amount of rest gets pushed to the background too often. A good, restorative night’s sleep is imperative for our bodies’ ability to recuperate and recharge after a full day’s activities. In today’s society, though, it’s often considered a luxury. There’s so much call for us to be doing tasks constantly that getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep our bodies need each night is seen as almost selfish. The American drive to do more may be a big part of the reason why the average American only gets about six and a half hours of sleep each night.
When you wake in the morning without getting the right amount of sleep, you can feel the effects all day. You may feel sluggish, worn out and unfocused — making it harder for you to properly function during the day. Thus, creating more stress in your life. You may rely on stimulants such as coffee or soft drinks to keep yourself awake. However, these stimulants can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep at night and keep the vicious cycle perpetuating itself. Not getting enough sleep also puts you at elevated risk for a host of health issues — including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Shortchanging your body with only a few hours of sleep per night can lead to serious problems that aren’t worth the short-term gains.
That’s why it’s so crucial to develop good sleep habits and stick to them every night. One of the best sleeping habits is to ensure that you go to bed at the same time each night, so you can give yourself plenty of time to get the amount of rest your body needs. If you’re interested in making sure you get the right amount of restorative sleep each night, the following checklist provides you with tips that can help. As important as it is to be active to stay healthy, don’t forget how valuable a good night’s rest is, too.
This was created by Virginia Spine Institute
Dr. Thomas Schuler, founder of the Virginia Spine Institute, and named among the 100 Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America, is a recognized leader in the treatment of spine disorders. Dr. Schuler has revolutionized spinal healthcare in the Washington D.C.