Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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The average American needs about 7-9 hours of sleep, but the average American woman is only getting around 5-6 hours. Based off of that statistic, are you getting enough sleep?

Life can get hectic and usually the thing we sacrifice when we’re busy is sleep. We push ourselves to stay awake, often downing several cups of coffee to do so, just to get that presentation prep done or to get some extra study time or to catch up on our TV shows: but is any of that really worth it?

While there is a sense of relief in knowing that you got things done and checked off your to-do list, neglecting to realize the importance of sleep can lead to health problems.

Sleep deprivation can have extremely adverse effects on the brain and the body. But pulling a late night every once in awhile is not going to damage your health.

The thing that most young women are suffering from is chronic sleep deprivation which can lead to issues such as weight gain, unhealthy eating patterns, daytime drowsiness, and even more serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

These side effects from lack of sleep are incredibly serious, which is why putting an emphasis on sleep has become more important than ever.

So now you may be saying, “I definitely need more sleep. But, how do I get it?”

The answer is simple: make sleep a priority!

Putting sleep above other things is difficult–especially when you have so many things to do!  But planning out your days and scheduling your sleep time is key. Think about the work you have to do for the day and strategize to make sure you’re giving yourself a reasonable amount of time to get it all done: if you spread out the work you have to do instead of cramming it all into one night, you ensure more time asleep.

Additionally, setting a bedtime is essential for your health. While we know you are no longer 5-years-old, bedtimes are for adults too!

To guarantee you get 7-9 hours of sleep, count backwards from the time you need to wake up in the morning to get your new bedtime. Make sure you add an extra hour in your count so you allot time to wind down and get ready for bed.

It’s important that the time you set be the time you stick to the entire week–yes, that includes weekends. Going to the bed at the same time every night helps your body get into a functional and healthy schedule.

We hope that you take these tips and follow them to help you get the sleep your body deserves!

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Helena is a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School in New Jersey. She is an editor for her school newspaper and has a passion for journalism. In her free time, Helena enjoys watching Netflix, reading The New York Times, and obsessing over her girl crush--Beyoncé.

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