Sleep Awareness Month: Good Sleep Matters!

March is National Sleep Awareness Month! Are you getting the sleep you need?

Too often I see the hashtag #TeamNoSleep or hear people saying “I’ll sleep when I die,” and I wonder if these individuals know and understand the importance of sleep, as well as the risks associated with the lack of sleep. A study done by the National Sleep Foundation recommends that young adults and adults get seven to nine hours of sleep daily.

Black people are twice as likely to have shorter sleep durations than white people, and it is estimated that they sleep 35-60 minutes less compared Whites. It is also reported that Blacks have longer durations of sleep as well, about 60% more. Due to these sleep durations, there is a greater risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and even death.

The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is essential for optimal health and overall well-being. With a good night sleep, you are improving your mental well-being and, memory, and focus. Sleep reduces your stress levels and gives your body the recharge it needs to conquer each day. In addition, sleep can aid in weight maintenance. By getting the recommended amount of sleep you have more energy to exercise, are less likely to snack, and burn more calories than those who get less sleep.

Tips for Better Sleep
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