💤 Sleep is crucial for the human brain, and instrumental in cognitive function, reaction time, mental health, and memory. It helps our brains form connections and synthesize information that we receive throughout the day.
💤 But the impacts of our sleep (or lack thereof) go far beyond brain health. Sleep, it turns out, is critical and regenerative on a cellular level, and affects every aspect of humans’ physiological well-being — including our immune, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems.
𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬
📌 Maintain consistent bedtimes and wake-up times.
📌 Regular daily aerobic exercise is one activity that promotes healthy sleep, according to the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Exercise increases the amount of deep (aka: restorative) sleep and also helps us fall asleep more easily.
📌 Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana in the hours leading up to sleep. Both caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, meaning they do the opposite of triggering sleep. While alcohol and marijuana may initially seem to relax you and have sometimes been found to speed up the rate at which people fall asleep, they ultimately both interfere with REM sleep.
𝘚𝘦𝘦 𝘉𝘪𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦.
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