Sleep is important to your overall wellbeing. Most adults need 7 hours of sleep each night for optimal health. However, some people need more in order to function at their best. Not only is quantity of sleep important, but so is quality. Substances like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are sleep disrupters that interfere with your body’s ability to achieve deep sleep.
If you experience consistent poor sleep, you might have insomnia. Many people have short-term sleep concerns when they are faced with a stressful situation or significant loss. However, if for a month or longer, you have 3 or more nights per week of difficulty falling or staying asleep, wake feel unrefreshed and lethargic, and are noticing issues with work or school performance, relationship distress, and an overall decreased quality of life, you might be experiencing chronic insomnia. Visit your healthcare provider to assess the situation.
If you’d like to know more about sleep and get some tips on improving your sleep, check out our course on the subject at Elevated Health University.