Don’t let long days shorten your nights!

Senior couple asleep in bed

In the warmer months, the days are longer but are you still getting enough sleep? The amount of sleep you get can have a big effect on how you feel.

Signs you’re not getting enough sleep

  • Feeling moody or impatient
  • Feeling dizzy or unfocused
  • Taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep
  • Waking up several times each night

There isn’t just one kind of sleep

Stage 1: light sleep, when you’re not awake and not fully asleep.

Stage 2: medium depth, when you being to fall asleep.

Stage 3 and 4: deep sleep that helps the body recover. Breathing is slower and muscles are relaxed.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep: dreaming stage; your eyes move a lot, but your muscles don’t.

Sleep patterns can change

Changes in your body, brain, age and health conditions can make it harder to sleep, which can result in:

  • Lighter sleep
  • Waking up more in the night
  • Making it harder to go to sleep and stay asleep

Sleep robbers

What’s keeping you up at night? Jot down the things that are keeping you from sleeping. The next time you visit your doctor, bring the list along so your doctor can help you rest easier.

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