Sleep is one thing that most Americans feel that they don’t get enough of. With work, school, children, and a never ending to-do list, it’s no wonder that most people feel as if getting consistent, proper rest is an aspirational goal, but certainly not a realistic one.
With the end of daylight savings time, and the loss of an hour of much-needed sleep, many adults who already feel sleep deprived have a harder time adjusting.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Getting proper sleep helps to improve attentiveness, maintain a healthy weight, and helps to lower stress and improve mood.
Most adults average between five to seven hours of sleep each night. When lack of sleep accumulates over a period of time, a “sleep-debt” is accrued. A few days of not getting enough sleep is not a major cause for concern, but over an extended period of time, a continued sleep-debt can put people at risk of health problems such as high-blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
It’s not just physiological issues either. Sleep-loss contributes to motor vehicle accidents, loss of productivity at work, and can negatively impact personal and professional relationships.
While trying to juggle life’s challenges and getting enough sleep is difficult, there are some things that you can do that can help.