Living Magazine Fall 2015 Living Magazine - Page 14

WHAT MANY OF US ARE MISSING Jeff Dorsett, MSHS dōTERRA Research Scientist Which is most important: Diet, Exercise, or Sleep? Everyone knows that diet and exercise are key components of any healthy lifestyle. Another key pillar of health, equally important and arguably even more so, is sleep. Although the amount of sleep a person needs varies, experts recommend that adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night 1. Unfortunately, about 33 percent 14 / FALL 2015 LIVING MAGAZINE of Americans are not getting the recommend amount of sleep per night, and approximately one in five adults in the United States experience occasional sleeplessness or difficulty sleeping2. There are many factors that can negatively impact how much (and how well) a person sleeps, from family (think newborn baby), to the conveniences of modern life (like 24-hour access to technology), to varying work schedules3, quality and age of mattresses and pillows4, and don’t forget consumption of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. This list can go on and on, and far too often sleep is the first thing that many of us neglect in order to meet the demands of our busy schedules. Why Is Sleep So Important? Sleep doesn’t exist to just pass time or to keep us from working 24 hours a day. Sleep is important because it is inherently physically and mentally healing, and it allows for our bodies to not only recoup from the stress of everyday life, but also to recharge and refocus. Depriving your body of sleep