With life’s hectic demands and the constant scramble to meet deadlines, it is no wonder we often sacrifice snooze time to gain more time. Your dreams are worth more than your sleep, right? Not quite! The benefits of sleep go well beyond banishing dark circles. In fact, when I meet with clients and they tell me they don’t sleep, or don’t sleep well, it sets off pounding alarms in my head. Adequate sleep is critical to physical and mental wellbeing. Seriously. Sleep is a basic human need. Without adequate sleep, all your bodily functions are affected, some more than others but still, all. It is when we are asleep that our brains and bodies replenish themselves.
6 Wonderful Health Benefits of Sleep
So, how much sleep should you get? In truth sleep requirements vary from person to person but on average, adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours. Remember that it is not just how long you sleep but how well you sleep. Here are some quick tips to improve your slumber:
Orjiugo Oguguo is an engineer with a passion for fitness. She is an ACE certified health coach and also has fitness certifications in Schwinn, Les Mills Body Combat, Body Pump, and CXWorx. Follow her on Twitter @The_Orjiugo and Instagram #The_Orjiugo.
Alexandra Fiman Maul, MPH