Are you tired of feeling tired?
These days, it seems a lot of people aren't getting the sleep they need. The first thing that tends to go when our days get too busy is sleep. And many people have sleep problems such as insomnia, which makes it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep. The Sleep Foundation defines insomnia as “difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.” Acute insomnia may occur occasionally; chronic insomnia, defined as “disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months.”1 That can have a real impact on health, as more and more studies show that getting enough good quality sleep is as important as eating well to staying healthy in mind and body.
When we sleep, the body has time to heal and restore itself. Our muscles are repaired, and our brain sorts through the things we've learned during the day. So the one-third of our lives that we spend sleeping is very important.
Missing some sleep once in a while is no big deal. But a lack of sound sleep over time can bring on serious health problems.2 Here are just a few examples:
A comprehensive sleep study from the National Sleep Foundation suggests that, on average, adults need about eight hours of sleep a night.3 Some people do well with as little as six, while others need ten to feel their best. If you find yourself waking up with a headache, feeling groggy during the day, or feeling tired or sleepy when you drive, it's a good bet you're not getting as much sleep as you need.
Sleep that is often disturbed is not as healthful as a sound night of sleep. While you are asleep, your body goes through stages that range from light to deep sleep. Repeated waking and dozing throws off that healthy pattern. That's one reason people who continue to push the snooze button rarely feel rested.
Here are some helpful tips for getting a good night’s sleep, compliments of WebMD:
If you continue to feel signs of a lack of sleep, see your doctor. You may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea that will benefit from a doctor's care.
This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional.
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