Here are some tips for restful and restorative sleep

There’s an epidemic that’s been around for a lot longer than COVID-19 – sleep deprivation. A US adult gets an average of 6 hours and 31 minutes of sleep per night, one hour less than what’s recommended. Only 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 3 adolescents sleep for more than 8 hours a day, and even then, that sleep may not feel restful. Trouble falling asleep, frequent waking, daytime drowsiness, snoring, and other sleep disorders chronically plague 70 million Americans.

Insufficient sleep leads to multiple compromised bodily systems – decrease in alertness, attention, cognitive clarity and immunity, and increase in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, fractures and inflammation. Poor sleep can throw away your hard work on diet and exercise. Sleep quality, or how we spend a quarter to a third of our life, directly connects to our physical and mental health.

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