The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10 hours of sleep for children, and between seven and nine hours for adults. Regardless of what age we are, it’s important to get the sleep our bodies need. Sleeping is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and research shows that lack of sleep increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and infections. It also plays a major role in stress reduction. Sleep makes us happy; it’s basically a “reset” button for the body and helps control neurotransmitter levels that affect depression. Here are a few tips to help you make sleep a priority during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
- Schedule sleep and get into a daily routine to help regulate your body’s internal clock.
- Put down the devices and let yourself unwind and unplug at least a half hour before bedtime.
- Avoid afternoon and evening caffeine. Research shows that caffeine six hours before bed reduces sleep by at least one hour.