Getting enough sleep is more important than you might think. It not only resets the nervous system but consolidates learnings from that day and fosters physical health in heart, lungs and immune system. According to Linda Graham, MFT, “Researchers have found that 97.5% of the population need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night yet, on the average, Americans get 6.5 hours of sleep per night.”
How do you ensure you are getting enough?
- Go to bed earlier
- Avoid your devices
- Contemplate what you’re grateful for just before sleep to fight against any negativity bias leading to nighttime worry and rumination
- Manage stress levels during the day
Sometimes there are medical issues related to sleep problems. But other times we can be our own worst enemy. If your emotional and psychological life is causing you duress and you suspect it’s related to your sleep quality, you might consider working through what’s bothering you. Additional support might be helpful in that.