Study Finds Sleep Deprivation Speeds Up Aging

Tagged with: Sleep Habits

Posted on: August 20, 2015

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine defines insufficient sleep as less than the 7 hours of sleep recommended for adults. The study was made up of 29 adults between the ages of 61-86. During the study the participants experienced a restricted sleep time of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. This is an accurate portrayal of the sleep restrictions that adults encounter every day, as sleep does not always come first in their busy lives.

Part of getting a healthy night’s sleep is making sure that sleep a priority in your life, as well as practicing smart sleeping habits. These habits include:

  • Establish a regular bed and wake time.
  • Avoid nicotine altogether and avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly, but complete the workout at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Establish a consistent, relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine.
  • Create a sleep-conductive environment that is dark, quiet, and comfortable.
  • Try to avoid televisions, computers, tablets, and smart phones in the bedroom.
  • Discuss the appropriate way to take any sleep aid with a healthcare professional.

By implementing these healthy habits, you could be sleeping the wrinkles away.

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