With our busy schedules and non-stop hard work, sometimes the key to a healthier lifestyle is to take it slow and give our bodies a break. Believe it or not, getting enough sleep is one of the most important aspects of living a healthier lifestyle.
When we think of wellness, most of us tend to believe we always have to “do more.” Whether it’s working out longer, running farther, or pushing ourselves to go the extra mile, there is a common misconception that “more” is better, when really we just need to give ourselves a break. Healthy adults should aim to sleep for at least 7-8 hours per night. By doing so, you will be supporting the following areas of your overall health:
There’s no doubt that the morning after a good night’s sleep you typically feel better prepared to tackle the day ahead. By adhering to a strict bedtime routine of going to sleep and waking up each day at the same time, you’ll notice a real difference.
We’ve all been there; you wake up late for work after getting only 2 hours of sleep and start the day off on a bad foot. When you don’t get enough sleep, everything around you may seem more irritating than usual. Sleeping enough each night can set the right tone for your day, making your surroundings (and your attitude) a little easier to handle.
Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your stress levels. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, not sleeping may add more tension to your body, and could result in a higher level of stress. When things get tough, take time for yourself to just relax. Try meditating or reading a book and limiting the amount of blue light screen time before bed, this will help to create an environment that’s more conducive for relaxation.
Sleep is the uninterrupted time our body uses to recharge and regenerate, readying us for the day ahead. Those dreaded bags under the eyes are best avoided with some good old shut-eye. After all, it’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing!
For individuals looking to reduce tiredness and fatigue, try supplementing with our Nature's Bounty® 5-HTP with Niacin and B6 food supplement.* This formula contains nutrients that support psychological balance so you can easily “switch off” at the end of the day.*
*Niacin and Vitamin B6 contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal psychological and nervous system functions.