Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, but millions of people take their sleep health for granted. Sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy and replenish ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically. The truth is that a majority of people don’t get enough quality sleep. Studies have shown that people need at least 7 to 8 hours a night to fully function at their maximum capacity the next day. They feel more refreshed, reenergized and ready to tackle what life throws at them.
On the contrary, sleepers who only get 6 hours of sleep or less, experience a significant decrease the next day in concentration, judgment, learning, problem-solving and memory. Exhaustion zaps our creativity, emotional stability and reaction time. Being unable to focus causes unproductive days at work and even causes hazardous driving conditions when we sleepily crawl behind the wheel. And that cute girl or guy you have a crush on? Better rest up, because lack of sleep can result in disastrous daily interactions with other people. Being irritable, groggy, disinterested and tongue-tied is no way to impress anyone.
Lack of sleep is also bad for your physical health. It gives us black circles around our eyes and droopy sad-looking faces. Sleep deprivation can cause weight-gain due to the increase in hormones that make us hungry, and a decrease in those that tell us we’re full. Exhaustion also decreases our body’s immune system, which makes us more susceptible to illness and infections. Thankfully there are things we can do to improve our sleeping habits so we get those coveted 7 to 8 hours. It’s important to stay away from caffeine, long naps, and bright lights before bedtime. Find a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it! A good mattress also makes a world of difference, and The Mattress Hub has an unbeatable selection of premium mattresses. We care about your sleep health, and you should too!