Living Well: National Sleep Awareness Week

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It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, where we focus on the importance of all the sleep you need, and of course, it’s right after the start of Daylight Saving Time, when you lose an hour of it.

Each year, the National Sleep Foundation conducts a poll cataloging sleep patterns.  

This year, it focused on how a regular sleep schedule affects pretty much everything in your life, and surprise surprise, those who reported a more disciplined sleep schedule said they felt healthier throughout the week. 

In fact, people who stuck to their bedtime and wake time were able to recover better when they did deviate every now and then, and those who had a more erratic approach to sleep were twice as likely to feel a physical effect when they stray from their pattern. 

Those individuals were almost three times as likely to report emotional effects and feel less motivated. 

So how much sleep do you really need? According to the National Sleep Federation, it depends on your age. Adults 26 to 64 should get seven to nine hours a night, while adults 65 and older need seven to eight hours.

A few tips for better sleep: Put the devices down at night because blue light tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime; avoid caffeine after 3 or 4 pm; and turn the temperature down.

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