If you feel like you’re moving from one long, groggy day to the next, it might be time to re-evaluate your sleep hygiene, a term coined by experts to describe good habits that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. If that just sounds like more work, consider the following laundry list of consequences for too little shut-eye. “Poor sleep is hell on our brains, leading to inadequate waste removal (which can contribute to Alzheimer’s), poor cognitive performance, inability to appropriately read others’ emotions, even increased risk-taking behavior,” sleep specialist W. Christopher Winter, MD, author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It, told POPSUGAR.
“Poor sleep makes us want to eat more and eat bad things,” he continued. “It also affects digestion, cardiac functioning, hypertension risk, diabetes risk, the immune system, and more.” Convincing enough? Keep reading for six tips that can help you transform your sleep habits and finally get the rest you deserve.