60% Of All Americans Do Not Get Enough Sleep. Do You?

By on November 1, 2012

By Anita Mahaffey –

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch newsletter, sleep is too important to shortchange. Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect appetite. A lack of quality sleep hampers learning and memory; recent studies show that people who slept well after learning a task did better on tests later.

Sleep loss may result in irritability and an inability to concentrate. Sleep deficit causes daytime drowsiness with momentary lapses that may result in mistakes such as road accidents. Sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat, and sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells.

However, there are some simple changes that you can make that will result in a restful night, and by adopting these seven healthy habits you will enjoy a rejuvenating night’s sleep that may help keep heart disease and cancer at bay, improve your mood and increase alertness and energy levels.

  1. Make sleep a priority and keep a consistent bedtime allowing 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Although studies show that the average American adult spends 7.5 hours in bed they actually only sleep 6.1 hours, so allow time to ease into sleep.
  1. Relax before bedtime: sip herbal tea, enjoy a book, soft music or gentle stretching.
  1. Make your bedroom a sanctuary free of work materials, computers and electronics.
  1. Keep the room clean, organized, quiet, comfortable and a cool 65 F/18 C.
  1. If night sweats are a problem wear temperature regulating, quick dry moisture-wicking sleepwear and try temperature regulating bedding to help keep you cooler and drier while maximizing sleeping comfort.
  1. Exercise regularly, but complete workouts at least two hours before bedtime.
  1. Avoid eating, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine before bedtime.

So don’t scrimp on sleep. By taking these seven simple steps you will improve your sleep patterns, and your body, mind and spirit will thank you.

 

Anita Mahaffey, 54 year old entrepreneur and environmental sleep specialist is the founder of Cool-jams Inc. Cool-jams manufactures and distributes moisture wicking sleepwear and cooling bedding to help manage temperature regulation issues. Cool-jams ships men’s and women’s sleepwear to 150 different countries around the world and donates a percentage of profits to designated women and family centered charities. Ms. Mahaffey researches and writes weekly health, spiritual and business related articles and is frequently asked to speak about business and women’s health issues. www.cool-jams.com

About Anita Mahaffey

Anita Mahaffey 53 year old entrepreneur and virtual business expert started her career in corporate marketing working for a variety of companies over a 12 year span. Her corporate employment included marketing positions with Park City Ski Area, Round Table Restaurants, Bumble Bee Seafood and Home Fed Bank. After the birth of her second child she began her first stint as a business owner. She is now the owner of two companies; Funika, a private label apparel manufacturing business and Cool-jams, an online specialty sleepwear business. Cool-jams Sleepwear specializes in moisture wicking sleepwear to help manage temperature regulation issues. Cool-jams ships men’s and women’s sleepwear to 150 different countries around the world and donates 20% of profits to designated women and family centered charities. Ms. Mahaffey researches and writes weekly health, spiritual and business related articles and is frequently asked to speak about business and women’s health issues.

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60% Of All Americans Do Not Get Enough Sleep. Do You?