“How Much Sleep Should I Be Getting?”

Do you know how much sleep you should be getting? The National Sleep Foundation recently announced updated recommendations for sleep duration.

We all need sleep. NEED. Don’t try to claim you’re fine with a few hours or that you can rock regular all-nighters. Sooner or later it catches up with you because (it’s been proven) we NEED sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 35 percent of people are sleep deprived! Not cool.

Did you know that sleep also affects your weight? Turns out, sleep deprivation is a little like being drunk. You don’t have the mental clarity to make smart, complex decisions – specifically around the foods you eat…and foods you want to avoid (Shape Magazine).

In today’s constantly moving, everything-needs-to-be-done-right-now world, it’s difficult to make time for sleep. When we start to understand how incredibly important sleep is to your body, health, strength and overall wellbeing, it becomes undeniably obvious…the better we’re able to sleep, the better we’re able to live.

Here are some tips to hopefully help you get a few more zzz’s:

*Practice a bedtime ritual like yoga or reading!

*Set a sleep schedule.

*Remove as many sounds and lights as you can from your bedroom.

*Try to have your last meal at least two hours before you go to bed.

*Turn off your phone 30 minutes earlier to relax your mind.

*Research more tips.

*Prioritize sleep!

So what do you say? Let’s get some more sleep!

One Fitness Enthusiast Asks, “How Much Sleep Should I Be Getting?”

By BurnThis Ambassador Kate Rowe