Did you know that lack of sleep could increase your risk of developing a chronic disease? Research has shown that insufficient sleep can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and other diseases. It has also been linked to obesity and is often the cause of traffic accidents, lost productivity and poor cognitive performance, in general.
So how much sleep does a person need? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day. Adequate sleep is crucial for both physical and mental health. Muscles, organs and other tissue are repaired during sleep and the brain needs time to process the day’s events so you can remember, order and connect information better.
Sleep hygiene is the promotion of regular sleep in order to maintain good health. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following sleep hygiene tips:
Hopefully, this is a wake-up call if you think three or five hours of sleep is enough. I challenge you to practice better sleep hygiene and see what a difference it can make.
By Kris Ponto, MSN, RN-BC, RAC-CT
Clinical Nurse Consultant