UNH Staff: Are You Sleeping Enough?

March 2, 2015

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Not sleeping well lately? Sleep deprivation can have real health consequences.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Even light sleep deprivation or poor sleep can affect memory, judgment, stress level, and mood… in addition to contributing to depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure.”

Adults are constantly on the move! Going to and from work, picking up the kids, and still trying to find the time to complete all those errands. It is a vicious cycle of not being able to fall asleep at night, then being exhausted all day. As a result, you may be consuming caffeine beverages just to get through the day.

Fortunately, your only homework is to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night! This will positively impact your health and mental well-being. The National Sleep Foundation provides the following myths and tips to improve your sleep routine.

Myths about sleeping

  1. Alcohol or wine will help you fall asleep faster
  2. Insomnia is not a serious condition
  3. Sleep isn’t important; you can get by on a few hours

Tips from the Sleep Foundation

  1. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends.
  2. Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading.
  3. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.
  4. Exercise daily!
  5. Limit caffeine consumption. 
  6. "Snoozing" your alarm is doing more harm than good. 

Sleep is equally as important as diet and exercise. Help spread the word about Sleep Awareness Week March 2nd -8th!

Take this 30 second quiz to find out what kind of sleeper you are!

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