The Importance of Sleep

Reasons Why Quality Sleep is Important

  1. Poor sleep can cause you to gain weight and increase stress.
  2. Those who sleep well, tend to eat better.
  3. To improve concentration and being more productive.
  4. It can increase athletic performance.
  5. There is less of a risk of heart disease and stroke.
  6. To keep metabolism steady.
  7. To be at less of a risk for depression.
  8. To improve immune system function.
  9. To improve or decrease inflammation in the body.
  10. Sleep affects emotions.

Ways to Improve Your Sleep

  • Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Avoid afternoon naps.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks before bed.
  • If you feel tired, listen to your body and go to bed.
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Be sure sleepwear, bedding and room temperature are comfortable.
  • Make sure your room is dark and quiet.
  • Only use the bedroom for sleep and intimacy, not watching TV or talking on the phone.
  • Unplug from all electronic devices at least an hour or more before bed and allow your mind to wind down, before going to bed.
  • Listen to guided mediation to help you unwind.