Sleepy at work? Welcome to the sleep-deprived norm. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 percent of U.S. adults sleep six or fewer hours a day. The National Sleep Foundation recommends we get seven to nine hours of sleep each day.
Not getting enough sleep can have big-time negative effects on health, including weight gain, an impaired immune system, decreased focus and compromised memory. Those who are sleep-deprived are also more likely to get injured on the job or be involved in a car accident.
So, if you're one of the estimated 40.6 million workers who could stand to spend a few more hours getting your zzzs, how can you start to make sleep a priority? Here's a round-up of Shape's best tips and articles on sleep!
Shape's Best Sleep Tips
- Not convinced you need 7+ hours of sleep a night? These six reasons will get you on board with the sleep train!
- How to give your bedroom a better-sleep makeover.
- 10 Free iPhone apps that can help you sleep more soundly.
- Eat these foods to help you get some deep sleep.
- Stretch your way to a better night's rest.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Is it enough?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.