10 Ways Sleep Can Help You Live Longer

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you could use more sleep. In fact, one in three people aren’t getting enough sleep. In the world of side hustling and digital work, it’s easy to get swept up in goals and ignore sleep and self-care. 
But, this lack of sleep could be carrying a huge price. In fact, insufficient sleep has been linked to an increased risk in numerous chronic illnesses, many of which can prove fatal. With our jobs constantly available via email or a phone call, how are we ever supposed to get any sleep?

How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

The recommended seven to eight hours of sleep for adults might feel impossible to get most days. With work, family, and social obligations often knocking, the hours in the day just slip away. 

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make sure the hours of sleep you’re getting, are high quality and restful. Here are a few quick tips that can help you squeeze in some better sleep ASAP.

No phones before bed: The blue light from your phone can disrupt your sleep and make REM sleep harder to achieve. (Or impossible in some cases.)

Avoid work first thing in the AM: Don’t roll out of bed and check your work email. This can lead to an increase in stress and get your day started on the wrong foot.

Skip the bedtime drink: Alcohol has a reputation for making people sleepy, but it actually reduces your chances of achieving REM sleep.

Avoid late naps: Naps can be tempting, especially when you find time for them. Don’t nap late in the day, as these can make it harder to sleep when it’s actually bed time. Instead, power through and go to bed an hour earlier. 

To help you get even more out of your sleep, Bestow has created a visual that details how sleep can extend your life, and how to get a higher quality sleep while you’re at it. With these tips you can be rested, relaxed, and ready to hustle harder during the day!

Source: 6 Ways Sleep Can Extend Your Life

Nathan S. Gibson is an independent worker compliance business partner who provides expertise and creative solutions to enhance workforce flexibility and maintain compliance with worker classification requirements. He helps mitigate the risks associated with the misclassification of self-employed consultants, freelancers and independent contractors.

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