If you had to guess what the most common and pervasive health problem in America today was, what would you say it is?
Obesity? Depression? Diabetes? Heart disease?
What about sleep?
In 2016, the United Health Foundation released a study finding that sleep deprivation has now outranked obesity as America's biggest health crisis.
It's not all that surprising, when you think about it. In fact, more and more research is showing a common link between health problems (like obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease, among many others) and sleep deprivation. Over 35% of American adults are consistently sleeping less than 7 hours a night. We're not sleeping well, and the facts are undeniable: it's hurting our health.
The Good News
Awareness is the biggest key to changing sleep habits. (You're welcome!) When we realize how important good sleep on a consistent basis is to our overall health, we can begin to do some simple things to fix the problem.
- Maybe you need to turn off the screens earlier.
- Maybe you should resist the urge for a late-night visit to the refrigerator.
- Maybe you could create an environment more conducive to sleep (darker and cooler is better).
- Maybe it's time to get a mattress that fits your support and comfort needs.
- Maybe you could develop a night routine to signal to your body that it's time for bed.
Getting enough quality sleep is absolutely crucial to overall health. A few small steps in the direction of making healthier sleep decisions is going to pay huge dividends.
If you want to be a healthier sleeper, come see us. We would love to help!