The time we spend sleeping is commonly regarded as the time when our bodies get a chance to focus energy expenditure on tissue healing and rejuvenation. While the exact function of sleep still is not completely understood, we can make a number of conclusions based on a large volume of research examining the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
Some negative outcomes of inadequate sleep include:
Some benefits of adequate sleep quantity and quality include:
So, how much sleep do you need? While adequate sleep is obviously vital for our health and survival, the length needed is individualized. Less than eight hours will likely be insufficient for many and fewer than four or five hours is linked to numerous negative outcomes. The following is a chart summarizing the recommendations of the National Sleep Foundation:
If you are having trouble sleeping you may be wondering how to promote sleep.
Some general tips for healthy sleep include:
You can discuss your sleep concerns with your local naturopathic doctor (ND) for more personalized recommendations. You can also contact Bastyr Center for Natural Health at (206) 834-4100 to make an appointment to meet with an ND.
— Tony Rutledge, ND, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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