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Are you sleeping well?

Sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. People are now sleeping less than they did in the past and sleep quality has decreases as well.

Poor sleep effects many aspects of your life:

60 Million US adults have a sleep disorder
35% of adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep
Drowsy driving is responsible for 40,000 injuries annually
10% of adults reported chronic Insomnia
30% of adults experience short-term Insomnia

Other effects…
Increases Depression
Reduces our ability to interact socially
Hinders Concentration and Productivity
Reduces Insulin sensitivity
Increases risk of type 2 diabetes
Increases risk of heart disease and stroke
Produces higher levels of ghrelin – the hormone that increases appetite, and lowers levels of laptin – the hormone that reduces appetite
Stronger risk factor for obesity
Less motivated to exercise and poor performance
Limits daily function slower walking, weaker grip strength and diffculty performing independent activities.

The Importance of Good Sleep

Sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about the total hours of sleep, it’s also important to get good quality sleep so you wake up feeling rested.

Getting enough sleep has many benefits. It can help you:
• Get sick less often
• Stay at a healthy weight
• Lower your risk of serious health problems
• Reduce stress and improve mood

For more information: 

https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep/sleep-statistics/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-reasons-why-good-sleep-is-important
https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html
https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/everyday-healthy-living/mental-health-and-relationship/get-enough-sleep#the-basics_2

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