Can you remember the last time you woke up in the morning, ready to take on the day? If you're drawing a blank, you're not alone. For many, a good night's rest is a rare event reserved for holidays and vacations.
More likely, you hit the snooze button, then chug coffee all day to stay alert. Unfortunately, there's a nasty caffeine backlash when bedtime approaches and you end up struggling to doze off, only to start the cycle of sleep deprivation all over again.
Besides the obvious lack of energy you get from poor sleep, there are other serious health issues involved. Just one sleepless night can throw your stress and hunger hormones out of whack—that means you're more likely to gain weight, struggle with blood sugar balance, and suffer from anxiety and depression. Sleep loss also raises your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Bottom line: you need at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night to stay healthy! If your energy and focus are dragging during the course of your day, it's time for an intervention. Here are my seven favorite tips for falling and staying asleep: