Most people do NOT get enough sleep per night. As many as one in every three people may suffer from insomnia. Drinking alcohol or taking sleep medications is NOT the solution to promote better sleep. Why? Because these depressive chemicals may disrupt normal circadian rhythms. If you can't get to sleep within 20 minutes of lying down, it's best to get up and do some kind of passive activity (i.e., light reading, listening to soft music, etc.).
Getting quality sleep is essential to lessen any compromise of your immune system and lessen the risk of acquiring hypertension, diabetes, becoming obese, and/or becoming cognitively depressed. To lessen the risk of sleep apnea, you should lose weight, limit your alcohol intake, avoid taking sedative medications, eat light meals at night, don't smoke, and sleep on your side rather than on your back.
So, how much sleep do you need per night? You should get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Striving to get consistent, quality sleep per night is an excellent healthy habit to lessen the risk of heart disease and to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.