Sleep is important.
The duration and quality of your sleep influences health, mental acuteness and stamina – essentially, it determines the type of day you will have.
But too many of us get stuck in negative sleeping patterns, without fully knowing the cause or solution. The resulting fatigue can affect work performance, relationships and much more.
In cases of fatigue, studies suggest that dehydration is the number one cause. And according to doctors, an estimated 75% of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration.
That’s a lot of tired people!
Effects of Dehydration on Sleep
Going to bed dehydrated can greatly disrupt your sleep – causing your mouth and nasal passages to become dry, and setting you up for disruptive snoring and throat hoarseness in the morning. Lack of water before bed can also lead to middle-of-the-night cramps that jolt you awake and cause your sleep to become frustratingly fragmented.
According to the National Academy of Medicine, women should drink around 9 cups of water (91 ounces) per day; men, around 13 (125 ounces). In sticking to this daily recommended serving of water, you should begin to see a noticeable improvement in energy levels and awareness.
Drinking an appropriate amount of water each day will also lead to a better night’s sleep, and help you wake up fully rested, refreshed and ready to start the day!