If you could do just one thing and improve your health, would you do it? Sometimes there is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. If you are anything like me, when you get overwhelmed, you tend to just do nothing.
I have written extensively on the power of consistency and how small steps, made consistently, over time can lead to massive results. I am a believer in this methodology because I have seen it work in my life. So many times I try to do everything perfectly all at once, and end up quitting. It is far better to do one thing well, master it, and move on to the next than do go all in, only to quit a short time later.
Now, I have known people who can do the whole “all in” thing, and it works for them. But, that is a recipe for failure for me. I want to share one habit you can start today that will immediately improve your health.
Crazy, right? All kidding aside, this ranks up there with “drink more water.” Everyone knows they should be doing it, but how many people actually are?
According to the National Geographic, only 27% of American adults get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep daily, even though more than half say they need at least 8 hours to feel good. That means almost 3 out of 4 of you are not getting enough sleep. Research goes even further, saying 7 hours really isn’t enough, and we should aim for a minimum 8 hours of sleep.
Almost half of Americans say that their daily activities have been affected during the past seven days by insufficient sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And since sleep is such a major factor in overall health and well-being, this is a big problem.
Lack of sleep has been linked to poor work performance, anger and depression, relationship problems, driving accidents, and even health issues like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. According to Dr. Carl Hunt, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise on overall health.
This isn’t new advice, obviously. But since a majority of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, it is still worthwhile advice. Try to get 8+ hours of sleep per night. How?
This habit comes very naturally to me. I am usually exhausted by the end of the day and I am ready for bed. My husband is a bit of a night owl though, so I know how that disparity can cause issues with sleep. Maybe you are in a season of life where 8+ hours of sleep simply isn’t possible. You may have a newborn or crazy work deadlines. Whatever it is, just know, plenty of sleep is important and try to start hitting that goal as soon as you possibly can. Your body will thank you for it.
How have you tried to get more sleep? Do you have any tricks that make it easier?
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