What You Need to Know About Sleep. Most people know that they need to get enough sleep, but many don't know why. In this blog post, we'll explore everything you need to know about sleep. We'll talk about how much sleep you need, what happens when you don't get enough sleep, and some tips for getting a good night's rest. By the end of this post, you'll be an expert on all things sleep!
How Much Sleep Do You Need? The amount of sleep you need depends on your age. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night, while teenagers need 8-10 hours and children need 9-12 hours. If you don't get enough sleep, you may experience fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and a weakened immune system. What Happens When You Don't Get Enough Sleep? When you don't get enough sleep, your body doesn't have time to repair itself. This can lead to a number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Lack of sleep can also affect your mental health, leading to anxiety and depression. Tips for Getting a Good Night's Rest There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get a good night's sleep. First, establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Second, create a relaxing bedtime routine that will help signal to your body that it's time to wind down for the evening. Finally, make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool—a perfect environment for sleeping! Getting enough sleep is essential for good health. If you don't get enough sleep, you put yourself at risk for a number of serious health problems. But getting a good night's rest isn't always easy. In this blog post, we've given some tips about getting a good night's sleep. For more, watch the video below. And then download our sleep checklist to make sure you are doing everything possible to get the shut-eye you need! For a COMPLETE guide to sleeping with out using medications or supplements, click that button down there and I’ll send it to you!
Dr. Kathryn King ND (00:00):
Good morning, Dr. Kathryn King here, and today we're gonna talk about sleep. So fatigue is the most common complaint that people have when they come to my office. It may not be their only complaint, but it's pretty much like across the board. Most people com uh, complain about fatigue. So making sure you are getting a good night's sleep is one of the first steps to just sort of rule out, uh, sleep and fatigue as being, I mean, part of the problem. So sleep is very important. It boosts your immune function, it helps to regulate your mood, improves your memory, helps to reduce the risk of serious illnesses, and also it helps you to regulate your blood sugar and maintain weight, okay, so that you are not gaining weight. Um, people need usually around between seven and nine hours a night. Most people sleep in about 90 to 110 minute cycles.
Dr. Kathryn King ND (01:01):
I feel like 90 is quite common, but it can't go up to 110. Personally, I like to sleep for exactly 7.5 hours. That's when I like, seem to just open my eyes naturally and feel the best. Naps are another story. The perfect amount of time for a nap is 20 minutes, uh, longer than that, and you could become groggy, although I do remember as a teenager I would take 90 minute naps and I felt great after. Uh, I definitely don't have time to have a full, uh, sleep cycle for a nap these days, so that's not happening. So a few tips for sleep. Number one, make sure that you are not on any medications that disturb your sleep. And if you are, and if they're necessary, try and take them in the morning. Talk to your pharmacist. Number two, uh, making sure that you are not going to bed super hungry or super full.
Dr. Kathryn King ND (01:53):
Okay? Uh, both of these can mess with your ability to not only fall asleep, but also sleep through the night. Number three, try and have a bit of a relaxation, uh, period before bed. So whatever that means for you. Having a hot bath, drinking a sleepy time tea, doing a little bit of stretching, your meditation. Any or all of the above are quite beautiful. And if you are interested in learning a little bit more and getting a full and complete checklist for sleep, then please click the button above and I will email it to you.