Get Enough Sleep
Many of us just don’t get enough sleep. Unfortunately, this can have major consequences for stress levels and overall health. People who consistently get less sleep than they need are at greater risk for a number of illnesses, including cardiovascular problems, type II diabetes, and stroke. Low energy, poor mood, and mental health problems are also consequences of inadequate sleep. The good news is that if this is you, you can change your habits and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lessen anxiety, and improve immune function. Adults are recommended to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. While this may seem challenging for some, it’s possible to achieve by adjusting your bedtime or wake-up time by 10 or 15 minutes each day. Being consistent, even on weekends, improves success.