Sleep your way to better health

It’s already March, and perhaps you have lost momentum on your new year’s resolution to live healthier. Even with increased activity levels and the removal of sweets and fatty foods from your diet, you may still be experiencing low energy and excess weight. One piece of the puzzle that may be missing? Adequate sleep.

Research shows that individuals that do not get adequate sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (a hormone that regulates appetite) fall, promoting an increase in appetite. And when you are feeling tired, grabbing a coffee or candy bar may seem like an easy fix; but this continues the cycle by making it difficult to fall asleep at night.

Scientists know that adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning. It regulates mood and improves memory and learning functions. In addition, getting enough sleep is a critical factor in your health, weight, and energy level. So how much sleep do you need?

  • Children 5-10 years old need 10-11 hours
  • Adolescents 11-17 years old need 8.5-9.5 hours
  • Adults need 7-9 hours

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week; the perfect time to increase your ZZZs. So start each day with your best, healthy self and get enough sleep each night!

Want to know more?

Sleep & Sleep Disorders

National Sleep Foundation

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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