Fitness trackers aid in going beyond self-reporting to enhance evaluation of sleep. Study shows 63% of participants over 45 got less than 7 hours per night.

The study sought to look at sleep as associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors and looked at not just the amount of sleep but the quality – how a person feels the next day. This research validates what other research has shown; that less than seven hours of sleep a night is tied to more irregular and less efficient sleep, in addition to feeling sleepy in the afternoon. The sleep deficit is also linked to various health conditions including hypertension, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. In response to the study “getting healthy sleep” has been added to the American Heart Associations “Life’s Essential” list of healthy habits for cardiovascular health.

In addition to physical health issues linked to inadequate sleep, research continues to demonstrate the importance of sleep for mental health. Some researchers indicate that most mental health conditions have significant associations to sleep disturbances and they offer strategies to improve sleep to mitigate impacts on mental wellness.

Consider how you might use them to improve your sleep (earn sleep points) and improve your mood. If you need additional strategies or help to put them into action, consider joining an upcoming Mood Lifters group .

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