Surveys indicate that most of us know how to get a better night’s sleep. We just don’t do it. Tactics such as lowering the room temperature, turning off electronic gadgets, and taking Suntheanine (a pure form of L-theanine that helps to reduce stress) 30 minutes before bedtime to help calm your mind, aren’t difficult. And contrary to what you might have heard, you can’t train your body to require less sleep. Here’s why you may want to make better quality sleep a higher priority.
The short-term consequences of daytime fatigue include:
- A higher risk of getting into a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving leads to thousands of automobile crashes annually, and those crashes are likely to be serious.
- More injuries on the job. A published study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational & Environmental Health found that excessive drowsiness increases the risk of on-the-job injuries two fold.
- Poor performance. WebMD reports that losing just 90 minutes of sleep can reduce your alertness the next day by as much as 32 percent.
Impaired thinking. When you’re tired, it’s more difficult to think clearly. Memory issues are also more common.
Even if you are willing to accept the above costs of poor sleep, you might also want to consider the potential long-term impact on your health. A Harvard University website compares the importance of better quality sleep to good nutrition and exercise. Medical conditions associated with lack of quality sleep include:
- Cardiovascular disease
British researchers found that people who got less than six hours of sleep nightly had a 48 percent higher risk of developing or dying from heart disease, and their risk of stroke rose by 15 percent.
So, yes it is important to improve the quality of your sleep. Clinical studies confirm Suntheanine’s ability to help. Even Dr. Oz has recommended L-theanine for insomnia. An added bonus: By paying more attention to your sleep habits, you might save a little money because you won’t need that Venti-sized latte every morning.