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Your Best Health: Adult Weight Management

Enough Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep?

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.Irish proverb

Sleep is a basic necessity of life. Getting enough sleep is important to your health. Everyone needs different amounts of sleep to function at their best. Your sleep needs change at different times in your life. The Canadian Sleep Society says that most adults get 6 to 9 hours of sleep a night (the average is 8 hours a night).

Research shows that less than 6 hours of sleep and more than 8 to 9 hours of sleep can increase the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Sleeping 7 to 8 hours has been associated with the lowest risk of disease and death. People who get this amount of sleep report higher health and quality of life scores.

How much and the quality of sleep that we get can affect how our mind and body work. It also affects how much energy we have to do our everyday activities, including eating well and being active. Over time, this can affect how we’re able to manage our health. Not getting enough sleep can affect our alertness, concentration, memory, and energy levels.

You can learn if you’re getting enough sleep by paying attention to whether or not you feel rested in the morning and alert throughout the day.

Something to ask yourself...

If you wish to save the blank form or print your answers, refer to the reflection journal.

How do you feel after a typical night of sleep?