Sometimes, all it takes is a good night's sleep to make you feel like a new person. After some much-needed rest, you're more relaxed, more capable, and ready to tackle virtually anything life throws at you. The bad news? Countless adults simply aren't getting adequate sleep. According to the CDC, more than one-third of adults get under seven hours of sleep a night, and Gallup research suggests that our sleep duration and quality have both been on a steady downward trajectory for the past 70 years.
However, we're risking more than just bad moods and reduced cognitive capabilities when we don't log enough hours in bed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep-deprived drivers cause approximately 56,000 car crashes each year, as well as countless deaths. Even if you’re not behind the wheel, those nights spent tossing and turning can have serious consequences when it comes to your health. According to the Nurses’ Health Study, which followed a group of 68,183 women over 16 years, women who regularly experienced short-duration sleep had higher rates of obesity by the end of the study than those who slept over seven hours a night, and those who slept just five or six hours were significantly more likely to gain over 30 pounds during the study period.
It’s time we regain our sleep, our sanity, and set ourselves up for a healthier future. Discover these 25 ways to sleep better tonight, and when you're ready to snack your way to better sleep, enjoy these 42 Foods For a Good Night's Sleep.