17 Science-Backed Sleeping Hacks to Boost Health [Infographic]

17 Science-Backed Sleeping Hacks to Boost Health and Aid in
Weight Loss - Infographic from Pillow Pancake
According to an article published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

"Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity."
 (Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Problem, CDC)

Also according to another article found on the CDC website:

"Laboratory research has found that short sleep duration results in metabolic changes that may be linked to obesity. Epidemiologic studies conducted in the community have also revealed an association between short sleep duration and excess body weight." (Sleep and Chronic Disease, CDC)

The link between restorative sleep and excess body weight, belly fat, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and a host of other chronic diseases and medical conditions is indisputable.

Yet, it is estimated that in the United States, 10-20% individuals suffer from insomnia, only about 35% sleep 8 hours or more per night during the workweek, and about 56% have one or more symptoms of insomnia a several nights or more during a week.

If you are one of these individuals who finds it difficult to fall asleep and/or stay asleep, you might find the science-backed sleeping hacks illustrated and explained in this Infographic helpful:

1.  Set a "go to bed" alarm
2.  No alcohol before bed
3.  Nap proactively
4.  Wear warm socks to fall asleep faster
5.  Keep your bedroom cool
6.  Avoid big meals late at night
7.  Keep your bedroom quiet
8.  Use a little white noise
9.  Don't skimp on your mattress
10.  Practice deep breathing
11.  Power down well before bedtime
12.  Use lavender
13.  Take a hot bath
14.  Ask your doctor about sleep Apnea
15.  Don't hit the snooze button
16.  Keep the bedroom very dark or try a sleeping mask
17.  Think about the today and tomorrow before going to bed

Infographic source and for more information about restorative sleep, visit 17 Science-Based Hacks to Sleep Better & Boost Your Health - PillowPancake.com

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