From dimming the lights to cleaning your pillows, our experts walk you through the changes you can make for a better night’s sleep
If you have ever found yourself up late at night tossing and turning, unable to sleep, you are not alone. Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, with 30% of adults experiencing short-term insomnia.
Many factors can disrupt the natural rhythm of sleep – from stress and illness to schedule and diet. It’s no wonder that as the issues compound, you can find yourself in an unrelenting cycle of sleep deprivation, hoping for a better night’s sleep.
Sleep doesn’t have just one biological purpose, it’s an important contributor to the proper functioning of every system within the body. Sleep supports physical and mental development, immune system health, memory, and mental health.
So, how much sleep should you get?
4 – 11 months
1 – 2 years
3 – 5 years
6 – 13 years
14 – 17 years
18 – 25 years
26 – 64 years
65 years or more
What can you do for a better night’s sleep?
If you find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, and are always feeling tired, it may be time to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician.
Want to learn more about Sleep and Aging? Visit the National Institute on Aging for their guide on a Good Night’s Sleep and more information on Sleep Apnea and Movement Disorders.
Want to start your morning off with stretches to help improve your flexibility? Check out our 5 stretches to start your day.
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