We all know that lack of sleep can make us cranky and tired in the morning. Now, experts say that it can also be dangerous to our health.
"Research data now points to the fact that inadequate sleep, broken-down sleep can lead to hormonal changes which will favor the eating of foods that are higher in carbohydrate and also development of obesity and diabetes," said Dr. Ana Krieger, the medical director at the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine and physician at NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She explained that most adults are not getting enough sleep.
Doctors recommend seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but more than a third of working adults get only six.
The food that we eat is also crucial to getting a better night's sleep.
Adam Meisrow, who previously struggled with insomnia and weight gain, has experienced less difficulty sleeping by taking vitamin supplements, nutrient-rich shakes, cutting out starches, and increasing his fresh veggie-intake.
"I have lost 16 pounds and I have a lot more energy," Meisrow said. "And I have far fewer problems in terms of sleep."
For those who need assistance sleeping or find themselves waking up too quickly from a deep sleep, a variety of smartphone apps designed to monitor your deep and light sleep patterns and slowly wake you up are available.
Some poor sleepers have turned other measures such as wearing mouth guards, breathing machines, and even surgery.
However, sometimes a good sleeping position is all you need.
Dr. Krieger recommends that people with sleep apnea avoid sleeping on their backs and people who suffer from acid reflux sleep with their heads elevated.
She also suggests poor sleepers look at correcting their behavior first, by doing things like limiting the amount of caffeine they drink and putting away their tech devices well before trying to fall asleep.