Did you know that sleep plays an important role in our overall good health and well-being? Enough quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Sleep is an important element in the body’s ability to maintain a healthy balance. If you don’t get enough sleep it can cause problems with learning, focusing, and reacting. You may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, remembering things, controlling your emotions as well as behavior, and coping with change. You may take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.
The amount of sleep required for optimal health many change over a life time and may vary from person to person. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended the following hours of sleep for different age groups:
Now that we understand the importance of enough or quality sleep let’s look at ways to promote healthy sleeping habits. First, make sure that you allow yourself enough time to sleep. With enough sleep each night, you may find that you're happier and more productive during the day. Other strategies to improve sleep habits include:
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