Top Benefits of Sleep for Your Health

Sleep Awareness Week highlights the importance of sleep in our daily lives and encourages everyone to learn about habits, practices and routines that improve our sleep quality and overall health. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s findings in its 2020 Sleep in America Poll, the average U.S. adult feels tired during the day at least three out of seven days per week. More than a quarter of us feel tired five to seven days a week. Some attribute their fatigue to not getting enough sleep, while others say poor sleep quality is to blame.

Getting enough sleep is key to a good night’s rest. For adults ages 18 to 64, the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours a night. People who are 65 and older should make sure they sleep seven to eight hours a night.

If you often feel tired during the day, there are steps you can take to ensure a better night’s rest:

  • Maintaining a comfortable temperature in the bedroom
  • Minimizing exposure to noise and natural light while you sleep
  • Avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bedtime
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress, a supportive pillow and breathable sheets

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