Are You Getting Your Full 7 Hours of Sleep?
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CDC recommends adults (ages 18 and over) to sleep for at least 7 hours per night. However, the CDC also reports 1 in 3 adults aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need. As college students sleep is not usually a privilege you have due to all the things that keep you up at night such as exams, projects, and clubs. More so, know as we are dealing with the stress that COVID-19 has caused such as online classes, lack of a job, and school structure.
Why is sleep so important? Check out the benefits of a good night’s rest!
- Growth hormone is released which controls your growth, muscle mass, and fat.
- Leptin hormone is released which controls appetite and weight. It tells the body when it’s full. Without it, you’ll always fill hungry.
- Slows the aging process helps to avoid getting wrinkles and live longer
- Boost immune system
- Improves brain function; sleep deprivation decreases alertness and cognitive performance.
- Reduces cortisol levels: that are raised during times of stress. The presence of this hormone causes irritability, anxiety, depression, and weight gain.
- It helps your mood and quality of sleep for nights after
Lack of sleep may lead to:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
Tips to get a good night’s rest:
- Create a routine go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- Eliminate all stimuli from the bedroom (turn off that tv, phone, tablet, etc.)
- Avoid eating heavy meals and drinking caffeine right before bed
- Stay active throughout the day so you’ll be sleep come bedtime
- Drink some chamomile tea
The information listed above adapted from CDC.
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