In today’s world, it can seem like we’re always on the go. And all that busy-ness sometimes leads to slacking on sleep.
While not getting enough sleep has seemingly become the norm in today’s society, our health is paying the consequences. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Warrington wants to offer some insight into why sleep is important and how to get the sleep you need.
How Does Sleep Affect Your Health?
Name an essential function in your body, and then consider that sleep is necessary for that essential function to be performed. That is true when it comes to every single part of your body and the work it does on a daily basis.
Sleep helps promote optimal health, both physically and mentally. During sleep, your brain prepares for the next day, while your body rests and restores. Consider the heart as an example—during sleep, your heart and blood vessels are healed and repaired as needed.
What Happens During Sleep
- Your brain forms new pathways to help you learn.
- Your body maintains the right balance of hunger hormones.
- Your body maintains a proper amount of blood sugar.
- Your body produces the hormone to promote growth and development in kids.
- Your body strengthens and fortifies the immune system.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for this question. It varies depending on your age and other factors, such as how active you are.
But most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Older adults may be fine with seven to eight hours, while children and teens need even more hours each night to be at their best.
Ways to Improve Sleep Health
- Stick to a sleep schedule.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.
- Exercise daily.
- Keep the bedroom cool and dark.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Are you having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Could it be due to an underlying medical condition? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Warrington today for a medical evaluation—no appointment is needed.