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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sunday, April 29 2012 3:29 AM

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:

  • Strive to go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • As much as possible, make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and a comfortable temperature.
  • Invest in a comfortable bed and use it only for sleeping, not for other activities such as reading, watching TV or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers and other electronic gadgets from your bedroom. This will train your mind and body that the bed is for sleeping, which will help contribute to the quality of your sleep.
  • Physical exercise will help you sleep better, but schedule it well before bedtime. Your body and mind need time to relax and wind down so you can fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime. Eating causes your metabolic rate to increase, which may make it more difficult to fall asleep or sleep soundly. And it might be more difficult to get comfortable lying down with a stomach full of food.

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
Source: www.good-sam.com

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