Think back to the last time you had a night of quality sleep – last week, last month or maybe you can’t remember. If you happen to fall into any of those categories, you are not alone. One-third of U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended threshold of seven hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between work, kids and all of life’s demands, finding time for restful, restorative sleep can be difficult.
As more studies show the importance of healthy sleep and the impact it has on overall wellbeing, it is crucial to be purposeful about our habits. The absence of successful slumber can increase the likelihood of health risks, like obesity, diabetes and heart problems. After as little as one night of insufficient sleep, a variety of side effects can take place, including reduced productivity, cognitive function, and alertness, along with increased irritability, stress, and anxiety. While the thought of carving out time to get more sleep can be overwhelming, imagine the daily improvements that can occur if you are intentional about developing better routines.