September

Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person's overall health and well-being. 

Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day.

Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease, and increase overall happiness

The Facts

  • In one extensive review study, children and adults with short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to develop obesity, respectively

  • Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders. It’s been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality.

  • Good sleep patterns have been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults.

Sleep Wellness Activity

Take steps to improve your sleep and post it in our "Let's Chat" form.
You will receive one raffle entry with each sleep improvement you make to your life.

 

Here are some suggestions for improvements you could make to increase your sleep quality:

  1. Reduce the amount of light that shines into your bedroom

  2. Reduce the amount of noise that comes into your bedroom

  3. Remove work/school items from your bedroom

  4. Invest in new pillow or mattress

  5. Exercise regularly

  6. Be consistent on your sleep schedule (wake up/go to bed at the same times)

  7. Reduce phone or TV usage before bed

  8. Be exposed to lots of natural light during the day

  9. Cut down caffeine consumption

  10. Cut down alcohol consumption

  11. Reduce irregular or excessively long naps during the day

  12. Manage the temperature in your bedroom

  13. Don't eat late in the evenings

  14. Engage in calming/relaxing activities before bed (bath, meditation, read)

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