Live Longer by Sleeping More

According to the CDC, adults should sleep 7 or more hours each night for optimal health. Sleep loss is associated with more stress and chronic disease, like depression, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes 83,000 crashes annually [1,2,3,].

Video: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation [4]:

  • Go to bed and wake at consistent times

  • Make the bedroom a dark, quiet, relaxing environment

  • Avoid watching TV or using the computer in bed, and remove screens from bedroom altogether

  • Avoid large meals before bedtime

Sleep is one of the CDC's top 5 lifestyle factors in preventing chronic disease [5]:

You can take a small step towards living a longer, more fulfilling life today!

To learn how sleep loss affects your state, visit these fact sheets.

Workplace Wellness Wednesday is an awareness bulletin to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. It is not a substitute for your healthcare provider.

References:

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How Much Sleep Do I Need? https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html. Accessed April 30, 2017.

2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep and Chronic Disease. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/chronic_disease.html. Accessed April 30, 2017.

3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowsy Driving. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/drowsy_driving.html. Accessed April 30, 2017.

4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep Hygiene Tips. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html. Accessed April 30, 2017.

5. Liu Y, Croft JB, Wheaton AG, Kanny D, Cunningham TJ, Lu H, et al. Clustering of Five Health-Related Behaviors for Chronic Disease Prevention Among Adults, United States, 2013. Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:160054. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160054.

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