(RepublicanReport.org) – As the new year approaches, many Americans will be thinking of New Year’s resolutions to help them live happier, healthier lives. Some people try to exercise more, while others endeavor to eat less of the wrong foods. Other common pledges include cutting down on alcohol, quitting smoking, taking up new hobbies, or spending more time with family. However, there’s one crucial health-boosting tool too many of us overlook.
Are You Getting Enough Zs?
According to a bombshell health report from the Epoch Times, there’s a common thread weaving its way through many serious health issues; lack of sleep. Experts have concluded getting more high-quality sleep is one thing everyone should strive for if they want to live longer and enjoy better health and happiness.
The report reveals that lack of sleep is a particular risk factor for cardiac issues, such as heart attack and ischemic stroke. According to the article, sleep issues are present in nearly every patient who presents with these health events.
Other health risks associated with insufficient sleep include:
- Weight gain
- Excess stress
- Early-onset dementia
- Depression and anxiety
- Cognitive issues, such as brain fog and memory loss
How to Improve One’s Sleep
For many people, the idea of insufficient sleep putting their health at risk might be a scary one, as it’s not always easy to get more shut-eye. The average modern American has a busy and time-consuming lifestyle, making it difficult to set aside eight hours for sleep each night consistently.
Spending the right amount of time under the covers is an essential first step. Experts recommend that adults get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night on average. For children, the number is higher; teens need 8 to 10 hours, while younger children need up to 12.
Another important point to note is how well one rests also plays a role. Quality of sleep can be improved by focusing on what’s known as sleep hygiene. It refers to all the factors that contribute to truly restful sleep, such as:
- Sleeping in a completely dark room
- Avoiding screens in the period leading up to bedtime
- Avoiding caffeine in the later afternoon and evening
- Going to sleep and waking up at the same times every day
So, there’s no need to panic. Even if one has poor sleep habits, there are many different ways to get more shut-eye in 2022.
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