There is a real shortage of sleep these days. Thanks to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, people are always connected to each other and to the Internet.
Numerous studies have shown that reading screens before bed can interrupt your sleep.
And people who can take their work anywhere, often never are off the clock. All of these factors lead to a serious sleep shortage.
You need more sleep
Sleep doesn?t just prepare you for the next day.
When you are sleeping your brain cleans itself out. Your body resets itself and cleans out all the toxins that have built up. Your subconscious clears out the clutter so that your mind will be sharp and alert.
You need to get at least eight hours of sleep every night in order to be healthy. But most people are lucky if they get six hours.
The damage done
When you?re not sleeping enough you can develop a huge range of problems, including weight gain.
Obesity, fatigue, irritability, depression, heart disease and other conditions can all be caused by not sleeping enough.
How to get more sleep
There are lots of things you can try to get more sleep, but you should use sleeping medications only as a last resort.
Instead of medications try these suggestions to get more sleep:
- Turn off your smartphone and computer at night
- Exercise regularly.
- Listen to soft music.
- Read a soothing book.