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Fun Facts: The Importance of Sleep

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It’s common knowledge that a full night’s sleep is important to health. Yet, many people still don’t get enough sleep. Here we look at eye opening facts surrounding the importance of sleep.

 

 

Everyone loves a good night’s sleep, but between work, kids and daily responsibilities, getting a good night’s sleep seems like a dream in itself. These fun facts about sleep, sleeping disorders and the effects lack of sleep has on the body may open your eyes to the importance of getting enough sleep.

  • Average American gets 6.9 hours of sleep a night
  • 30-50% of the population suffers from insomnia
  • 6% of Americans suffer from sleep apnea
  • People who sleep next to someone with sleep apnea lose an average of one hour of sleep per night
  • Some foods have been linked to insomnia, including alcohol, spicy foods, sugar and chocolate
  • A full night’s rest can improve productivity as much as 30%
  • The health benefits of a good night’s rest are numerous; chief among them are improved memory, reduced levels of stress, increased alertness, and aiding in weight loss

So how can you get more sleep? Try these tips:

  • Wind down – take time after you’ve watched TV or been on the computer to let your brain unwind before getting into bed
  • Relax – don’t workout immediately before bed and allow your body time to relax after exercising
  • Shut down – don’t sleep with electronics in your bedroom as they can distract you and wake you in the middle of the night

 

Information in this post was found on greatist.com.

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