How valuable is a good night’s sleep? Well, a new study claims getting more (and better) sleep feels as good as winning a $250,000 dollar lottery jackpot!
If that sounds a little outlandish to you, be aware this isn’t quack science. The study, conducted by University of Warwick researchers, followed more than 30,000 British adults for four years, tracking the amount of shut eye they got as well as their mental and physical health.
Here’s the startling takeaway, according to Amanda MacMillan of Health.com: those who improved their sleep over the course of the study saw mental health boosts “comparable to those seen in British lottery winners two years after hitting a medium-size jackpot worth about $250,000.” Though MacMillan clarifies that “we’re talking about a long-term mood boost–not the immediate euphoria of striking it rich.”
According to Health.com, “The study also found that when people’s sleep duration improved, their mental health scores did too—but their physical health scores didn’t. The benefits of longer sleep on physical health may take longer to emerge, the study authors speculate, or they may only be evident in people who are significantly sleep deprived. Sleep quality, on the other hand, was linked to both physical and mental health. This finding “challenges the predominant focus on sleep quantity in some of the public health messages,” say the authors, who argue that how well you sleep is at least as important as how much you sleep.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep related disorders. So many Americans struggle to sleep, the CDC now considers insufficient shut-eye a public health problem.
If you are having trouble getting on board the dreamweaver train, MedicalDaily.com put together a short video with a few snacks that might help you doze off. Click here or on the picture below to watch it.
And the National Sleep Foundation has a list of healthy sleep tips on its website that include:
- Stick to a sleep schedule (even on weekends),
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual,
- Avoid naps if you’re having trouble sleeping,
- Exercise daily,
- Evaluate your room for optimum sleep conditions, and
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
This new study shows there might be something to the old adage that you feel like “a million bucks” after a good night’s sleep (even if it’s closer to a quarter-million)! We’d love to hear your thoughts on the value of catching enough zzzz’s. Generating thoughtful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!