Anti-Inflammation Lifestyle: Adequate Sleep

People who do not sleep long enough or who have a poor quality of sleep have higher levels of inflammation.  The magic number seems to be 6-9 hours nightly.  Those getting less or more have higher levels of inflammation.    And it is not just the quantity, but the quality of sleep that counts–another indicator that a good night’s sleep is essential for good health.

The American Academy of Sleep has the following tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Follow a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.
  • Get a full night’s sleep every night.
  • Avoid caffeine or any other stimulants before bedtime.
  • Be worry-free at bedtime.
  • Don’t go to bed hungry, or too full.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
  • Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and a little cool.
  • Get up at the same time every morning.