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5 Things About Sleep

We spend over a third of our lives under the covers, but we rarely think about how essential it is to our health and daily functioning. Check out these little tidbits about sleep. Hopefully, they'll encourage you to think more about the amount and quality of your time in bed.

  1. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to function well during the day. Not getting enough ZZZs can compromise your immune system, which may make it easier for you to get sick. Not getting enough sleep may also make it harder to lose or maintain a healthy weight, and it's not good for your heart health either.
  2. Feeling sleepy midafternoon? Go ahead and take a 20-minute power nap. It'll help you feel more energized for the rest of the day, and studies show that it doesn't affect your ability to fall asleep later that night.
  3. If you have a difficult time getting to sleep, try to ditch the caffeine in your diet. Also make sure to get heart-pumping exercise during the day to use up some of your extra energy.

To hear more about getting a good night's sleep,

  1. Playing on your computer or watching TV right before bed can affect the quality of sleep. Studies from Japan report that even if you do get enough hours of sleep, you won't feel rested the next day. So try to do something relaxing before bedtime like reading a book, stretching, taking the dog for a gentle stroll, or sipping warm chamomile tea.
  2. If you suffer from back pain while you sleep, a hard mattress isn't necessarily an instant remedy. People have different preferences, so you may need to try out different types of mattresses, including those that are soft, firm, and body conforming, to find the one that offers you the best night's sleep.

Fit's Tip: I know it's tempting to sleep in on the weekends, but it's best to stick to your regular sleeping schedule. Sleeping in on Sundays, will only make you feel extra sleepy Monday morning.


Join The Conversation
Allytta Allytta 9 years
:)) it's funny how people differ, watching tv is the best way for me to take a nap, noice is so soothing... when it stops i wake up.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i nap 20min and not more. actually it's not healthy to do it longer than 20min, because the first stage of sleep before we get into the deep one (waking up from which can be disorientating and you will end up feeling even more tired) ends after 20min. author, you should add that to next advice section.
binkie binkie 9 years
I never feel refreshed when I sleep in. I am used to my routine, I have to get no more than 6 hours of sleep or I will feel like crap. Now I do have to get my naps in but that's when ever I can manage it. I feel like sleeping in is a waste of time because sometimes it's so hard to get up especially in the winter...brrrrr, I like to stay under the covers. As far as the better days when it's not so cold as now if the sun peeps through my bedroom than I have to get up.
gigill gigill 9 years
There is no way I'm giving up sleeping in on weekends, sorry!
Rita-T Rita-T 9 years
I have had insomnia for the past year. No matter what I do. I still do not get enought sleep. And back in March I started having night sweats. And I do not have time to take a nap. And the times I have. I feel dead for the rest of the day.
kaaa kaaa 9 years
wahaha, i'm reading this, like, i'm going to go to bed now. guess i won't wake up as refreshed as i would without reading this :D
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I try to get a decent amount of sleep every night, lately it's been around 6 hours a night plus a nap.
MDA-Guy MDA-Guy 9 years
I agree with #4 (Don't watch TV, computer), but I'd actually include reading in the category of things to avoid. Books are as much of a stimulant as TV (of course depending what book you read!).
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I just took a nap during lunch today
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
So how are working people supposed to fit in the 20min nap :(? Totally agree about the not sleeping in thing- I never want to go to bed then on Sun night and Monday A.M.'s are a blur!
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
there is NO WAY that i can nap for just 20 minutes.... i've tried and i ended up missing class. haha
smhooper smhooper 9 years
i <3 sleep :)
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