As adults, we sleep about one-third of our lives, and the times we are not awake are of no less value than our waking hours.
As adults, we sleep about one-third of our lives, and the times we are not awake are of no less value than our waking hours. In fact, studies show adequate sleep time — not too much or too little — is essential to health and may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.
If we don’t get enough sleep, we may feel as if we haven’t slept at all. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day; children and teens need more than this.
Many mental and physical health benefits are related to proper sleep patterns. Sleep restores energy and reduces stress, strengthens the body’s ability to fight infection, helps keep the heart healthy, improves concentration and memory, improves mood and overall sense of well-being, helps balance hormones that control appetite and gives the body time to replace old cells and re-energize muscles and organs.
In addition to a nutritious diet and regular exercise, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to help you feel and think better. However, many people are living with undiagnosed sleep disorders that disrupt their sleep and cause them to wake up after a full night’s sleep and not feel rested.
Learn more about sleep issues at NortonSleepCenter.com. If you have concerns about your sleeping patterns, talk with your physician. Some sleep disorders require medical intervention to lessen or eliminate serious health risks.