Sleep is as crucial to a good quality of life as diet and exercise. It can impact your work, waking hours and overall health. A good night’s sleep can promote recovery from workouts, growth in children, healing in your body and more.

Not getting enough sleep can not only impact your day-to-day experience, but also your long-term health. Insufficient sleep has been linked to chronic diseasesi, ii, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Drowsy driving
  • Injuries/Illness

While the amount of sleep you get is important, the quality of sleep is just as essential.iii Some habits that can help improve your sleep are:

  • Going to bed at the same time each day, even during the weekend
  • Making sleep a priority
  • Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and larger meals close to bedtime
  • Getting in your recommended daily activity
  • Practicing relaxation and mindfulness

The amount of sleep you need also depends on your age and activity level. Here is how much sleep you need based on your age:iv

Sleep shapes your life. If you feel your quality of life is limited by poor sleep, contact your doctor.v

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I National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:
ii National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:
iii American Sleep Association:
v Podcast: Rest Easy (2017):