Sleep Issues and Your Health
Millions of busy adults -- especially parents and other caretakers -- don't make enough time for sleep. While others can't seem to relax easily enough to fall asleep at a decent hour. In fact, nearly one-third of Americans report problems with sleep.
A poor night's sleep can have you starting your day feeling drained before your feet even hit the floor. Other mornings, you could swear you got a peaceful eight hours, yet your body and mind feel differently. But, getting a poor night's sleep means more than just a bad day ahead. The quality of your sleep can harm your health long-term; sleep deprivation is linked to obesity and high blood pressure, poor concentration, irritability and lack of energy for exercising, healthy eating, and leisure activities.
If you consistently do one or more of the following you are putting your health at risk:
- Get fewer than 7 hours a sleep each night
- Wake up and can't get back to sleep
- Take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep each night
- Sleep lightly
- Feel fatigued during the day
- Suffer mood swings and changes in appetite
It's time to give yourself the help you deserve to sleep well and live a healthy life.