You’re determined to be healthy. You eat organic foods, hit the gym before work, drink lots of water. But are you sleeping enough?
Professional and city life foster the myth that sleep is a luxury rather than a necessity. New York is “the city that never sleeps”, right?
But sleep is essential to good health—every bit as important as nutrition, hydration, and exercise.
Sleep Is the Body’s Repair Shop
Getting enough sleep can maintain your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. When you sleep, your brain prepares for the next day, forming new pathways to help you learn and remember. Sleep also supports your job performance—enhancing your problem-solving skills, decision-making capabilities, and creativity.
Sleep heals and repairs your heart and blood vessels, protecting you against heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. It regulates your appetite and fosters the health of your immune system, strengthening it to defend against foreign or harmful substances.
All Sleep is Not Equal
A catch-as-catch-can approach to sleep won’t work. A few hours at night and a nap during the day don’t add up to a good night’s sleep.
To be well rested, you need both light and deep sleep in a regular pattern of 3-5 cycles each night. If you go to bed and wake up at vastly different times, or if you sleep at odds with the circadian rhythm (your body’s 24-hour clock), your sleep won’t be restful—or accomplish all the amazing things it can.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
Research shows that adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Even a loss as small as one to two hours per night will, over several days, severely impair your ability to function.
What Can You Do to Sleep Well?
Take these steps to increase and improve your sleep:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Use the hour before bed for quiet time. Power down to avoid the bright artificial light from your smartphone or computer screen.
- Avoid heavy meals within two hours of bedtime.
- Avoid stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine.
- Spend time outside every day and be physically active.
Have a Light and Relaxing Meal at Nanoosh
Nanoosh offers the perfect light and healthy fare to foster a good night’s sleep. Have a soothing bowl of seasonal soup or a green salad and a cup of mint or chamomile tea and then curl up for your sweet dreams.
Stop by one of our locations—and have a good night!