Sleep Myth: Getting by with less sleep

Even though National Sleep Awareness ends on March 10th, let’s keep sleep in the forefront all year round.

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Sleep is as important to your health as diet and exercise. In January, we all make better efforts to diet and exercise, but only a few list getting more sleep equally as important.

According the the National Sleep Foundation:

Myth: Sleep is not important. I can just get by on a few hours.

Fact: Sleep is vital to our health and well-being, and is just as important as diet and exercise. Although individual needs may vary, adults typically need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.  Getting enough sleep may also be a critical factor in a person’s weight as well as energy and productivity levels.
Each time you don’t get enough sleep, you add to your “sleep debt,” or accumulated sleep loss. You may not be able to catch up on lost sleep.  As a result, your sleep debt may make you feel sleepier and less alert at times.

MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY for you and your family. By doing this, you will be making a positive difference in your well being as well as your family’s. Review the sleep tips listed on our home page and start the path to a better night’s sleep tonight!

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