With social media pushing the newest diet trends or the best 10-minute workouts, we tend to forget one of the most important keystones of our health, sleep! Holding sleep to the same standard as we do our diets and workouts should be a requirement! Improving one of these 3 health pillars can positively influence the other two so if you’re having difficulty making a lasting change in diet/exercise, maybe start with sleep instead.
The average adult should be aiming for around 7-7.5 hours which was agreed upon by the AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) and Sleep Research Society. Getting consistent, quality sleep will allow the body to benefit from the following:
Keeps us Healthy
Sleep yourself in to a healthy lifestyle and let us know how it goes! Stay tuned for the next post on how to prime your body on a nightly basis for the best sleep you can get!
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