What Are the Benefits of Sleep?

April 30, 2021

We have all experienced a bad night's sleep at some point in our lives. We wake up feeling miserable and cranky. As a result, the rest of the day tends to be not as productive as it should be.

Although many of us experience sleep issues (more than 164 million people living in the United States in fact), our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants you to start getting the sleep you need—and deserve—each night.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

The amount of sleep needed by each person varies by age.

While most adults can benefit from seven to nine hours of sleep each night, children and teens actually need more for optimal health and development. And older adults can do with a little less, aiming for seven to eight hours of sleep.

Ways to Get a Good Amount of Sleep

  • Do not nap long during the day.
  • Wake up and go to bed at consistent times each day.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine late in the afternoon.
  • Reduce blue light exposure at night.
  • Relax before bed, such by as meditating or reading a book.

What Keeps People Up at Night?

Are you having a hard time falling asleep? There are a number of causes that could be keeping you up at night, such as stress, caffeine and even hunger.

Fortunately, if hunger is your issue, there are certain foods that can help promote a good night's sleep! So eat up.

Foods That Can Enhance Sleep Quality

  • Almonds
  • Turkey
  • Chamomile tea
  • Kiwi
  • Tart cherry juice
  • Fatty fish
  • Walnuts
  • Passionflower tea

Wondering whether your sleep issues are caused by an underlying medical condition? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today for a checkup.

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