Not Getting Enough Sleep?

You can catch up!

Lost sleep can add up. The average adult should be getting at least seven hours of continuous sleep. For every hour below this number, you’re collecting sleep debt. And you’re not alone.

Among American adults:

  • 63% say they’re not getting enough sleep.
  • 37% say they are so tired during the day, it interferes with their normal activities.
  • 75% experience at least one symptom of a sleep disorder a few nights a week or more.

It can take up to four hours of makeup sleep to recover from one hour of missed shut-eye. So it’s important to stop sleep debt in its tracks. Left alone, it can lead to long-term problems like:

  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Adult onset diabetes from high blood sugar
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • A weakened immune system
  • An increased risk for accidents at work or behind the wheel
  • Mental health issues

But, with some lifestyle changes, you can reverse it.

  • Start with a bedtime routine where you go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day.
  • Make sure your sleep space is comfortable — from the mattress and bedding to lighting, sound and room temperature.
  • Don’t bring work, technology or other distracting activities into the bedroom.
  • Finish meals and workouts 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime.

You’ve had one, maybe two late nights and are feeling it. Get your groove back by :

  • Bumping up your bedtime by an hour or two the next few nights.
  • Waking up a little later for a few mornings.
  • Taking an afternoon nap. Depending on your need, a 20-minute power nap or 60- to 90-minute nap works best.

Sleep is a way to restore and re-energize your body and mind. At some point, everyone runs into a tough night and that’s okay. Just rest easy and try to get back to your sleep routine the next night.

Reference : https://file.anthem.com/119759ANMENABS.pdf

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Well…buy sleeping pills inbetween try to have your own routine

    Liked by 3 people

    1. GS says:

      Sleeping pills may not be right solution

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ray of Hope says:

        Indeed, its not the right solution

        Liked by 2 people

      2. GS says:

        Glad you agree Ray of Hope.

        Liked by 2 people

  2. I actually do get the right amount of sleep, and if I do wakeup, so easy to fall back asleep- usually up because the dog does.

    Despite that, there are times when I am tired during the day- I think it is getting used to the decrease in meds. My body hasn’t fully adjusted tot that.

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    1. GS says:

      That happens to us all innit?

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Well…some sleeping pills prescription can help if not consultant medical personnel

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Terpene TLV says:

    Cannabis and regular exercise can reduce anxiety and restore regular sleeping patterns

    Liked by 4 people

    1. GS says:

      Cannabis isn’t legal everywhere 😬

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Terpene TLV says:

        Botanically derived terpenes found in cannabis are also found in other plants

        Liked by 3 people

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Have a great day!!
        xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

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