We all know that sleep is important. But the benefits of sleeping sound each night may be more numerous than you think.
You Lose If You Don’t Snooze
Did you know that people who consistently sleep sound experience lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses? Plus, sleep helps our brain recharge and makes us feel more alert, attentive and better able to function the next day. The bottom line is that sleep does our brain and body good, and helps improve our overall health and quality of life.
Answer 3 Yeses and You’re A Sound Sleeper
So how do you know if you’re getting good sleep? Ask yourself these three questions. First, am I getting enough hours to feel rested and alert the next day? Second, am I sleeping soundly with no interruption until I wake up the next day? And, third am I sleeping deep enough to feel energized after I’m awake a while? If you’re getting enough hours of continuous, deep sleep, you’re probably getting a good night’s rest.
Tips to Catch Better ZZZs
There are lots of things that can affect your sleep, though. So what can you do if you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep? One good tip is to stick to a schedule where you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Looking at what you’re eating and drinking before bedtime can also help you sleep better. For example, limit caffeine during the day, don’t drink alcohol late in the evening, avoid heavy meals close to bedtime, and don’t go to bed thirsty. Practicing habits like exercising regularly, not using technology before bed, and doing something relaxing like reading, yoga or taking a warm bath before bedtime may also help. Finally, pay attention to your sleep space. Make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable, and your room is cool, dark and quiet.
Based on information from the World Sleep Society, 2017 and Healthwise, Incorporated, 22 December 2015.
This document serves only as a reference and is intended for informational purposes only. The content of this document is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
This post first appeared in English on the Cigna Blog.
© Cigna Global Health - one of our valued long-term partners in the field of international health insurance plans.