Happiness and Sleep

An exhausted person is not a happy person. We have all experienced the negative effects of sleep deprivation like the groggy, irritable mood that lingers for the entire day. Alternatively, we all know what it is like to wake-up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Adequate sleep, an average of 7-9 hours a night for adults, is crucial to one’s health and overall well-being. Getting a good night’s rest is correlated with lower stress and anxiety levels, sharpened attention, and enhanced memory. Some tips for improving one’s sleep hygiene are to go to bed at the same time every night, avoid caffeinated beverages after 3pm, incorporate exercising into your daily schedule, and eliminate the use of technological devices, such as smartphones or television 30 minutes before you plan to sleep.