You spend approximately one-third of your life sleeping. Quality sleep is as important to good health as a healthy diet, clean water or regular exercise.
The average adult needs about 7-9 hours of sleep per night, however there is no “magic amount” of sleep. The amount of sleep needed changes throughout life, with babies needing up to 18 hours per day. The amount and quality of sleep typically diminishes as you get older, esspecally after age 60.
Although sleep is needed, its biological purposes remain a bit of a mystery. It’s understood that the development of memories likely requires both non REM and REM sleep. Recent research shows that during sleep the body clears out toxins in the brain that build up during times of wakefulness.
Whole Health is an integrative care practice with a high population of patients suffering from addiction and the many health issues associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Whole Health’s founder and principle physician, Dr. Michael Ligotti, is one of the few board-certified outpatient physicians specializing in addiction treatment.
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