Good Health Choices - - BE INFORMED -

Whether it’s too much Net­flix, work­ing late into the evening, or sim­ply bad habits, many of us are get­ting less than the rec­om­mended amount of sleep. But ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute of

Neu­ro­log­i­cal Dis­or­ders and

Stroke in Wash­ing­ton, sleep is as es­sen­tial to sur­vival as food and wa­ter. With­out it you can’t form or main­tain the path­ways in your brain that let you learn and cre­ate new mem­o­ries, and it’s harder to con­cen­trate and re­spond quickly. Sleep af­fects al­most ev­ery bod­ily tis­sue and sys­tem – from the brain, heart and lungs to me­tab­o­lism, im­mune func­tion, mood and dis­ease re­sis­tance. Re­search shows a chronic lack of sleep, or poor qual­ity sleep, in­creases the risk of high blood pres­sure, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, di­a­betes, de­pres­sion and obe­sity, just to name a few. So pri­ori­tise get­ting to bed at a rea­son­able time; your body will thank you for it.

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