You Guys! I have been learning so much about sleep and I cannot wait to tell you about it because I think it will make a huge difference in your life. I am sleeping so much better since.

I have read, The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter, MD. I am going to spend the month of June talking about sleep. There is so much to learn.๐Ÿ“–

The most helpful thing to know is that EVERYBODY SLEEPS!

It may not seem like you are sleeping because you see the time on the clock every hour.

You may just be experiencing the Light Sleep Stage. Light sleep is not very restorative. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

Let’s talk about why sleep matters. 

Sleep matters because it is one of the three pillars of health. The pillars are: 
๐ŸฅฆNutrition
๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธExercise
๐Ÿ’คSleep

Poor sleep quality is linked to a significant number of health issues:

โŽ Hypertension
โŽ Heart attack
โŽ Stroke
โŽ Obesity
โŽ Diabetes
โŽ Cancer
โŽ Heart failure
โŽ Migraines
โŽ Atrial fibrillation
โŽ Depression
โŽ Bed-wetting
โŽ Memory disturbances like alzheimers

Can you believe it?

If we donโ€™t sleep well we wonโ€™t be well. 

Of course it makes sense when we think about it. Recognizing the importance of good quality sleep has made me prioritize sleep. 

One of the first things people want to know is …
๐Ÿ›Œ How much sleep is enough? ๐Ÿ›Œ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝThe answer? It depends on you and your body. 

For years the thoughts have been, 8 – 9 hours of sleep. But we are all different.

Different age groups need different amounts of sleep. We need more as infants and less as we age. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป>๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ

Each individual has their own requirement of sleep. So how do you know if you are getting enough? 

Dr. Winter says, โ€œIf you sleep well, feel well, and don’t have symptoms of excessive sleepiness then you are probably getting enough sleep.โ€ It is typically between 7-9 hours per night.

I am a 7 hour girl myself. If I get 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep I feel so good. 

How about you?

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝWhat would you like to know about sleep during this blog series?

~ย Donna Minter Durham | Donna Durham Therapy