Getting the proper amount of sleep plays an important role in maintaining good overall health and well-being. It affects not just your physical health but your mental health as well. When you are sleeping, your body is working to support brain functioning. In kids sleep is vital to their growth.
How do I know if I have a Sleep Deficiency?
While most people are aware of the importance of sleep, sleep deficiency remains a major health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7–19 percent of adults in the U.S. are not getting a proper amount of sleep. About 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. You may be suffering from sleep deficiency if you are:
- Getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night as an adult
- Sleeping at the wrong time of day throwing off your “body clock”
- Getting poor quality sleep
- Suffering from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea
Sleep deficiency can also put you at increased risk of getting into a serious accident and make it hard to focus at work or school. It can also put you at risk for some chronic health problems including:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- High Blood Pressure
How to Improve Your Sleep
If you are having sleep issues there are a number of things you can do to improve your sleep.
- Prior to bedtime stay away from exercise and avoid watching TV or spending time on a computer screen
- Have a set bedtime schedule and routine even on the weekends
- Don’t eat for an hour prior to bed
- Stay away from caffeine
- Be active outdoors during the day
- Meditate or try another relaxation technique
Sleep apnea is a very common condition where your upper airway becomes blocked reducing or stopping airflow during sleep. This can be very disruptive to your sleep as well as the sleep of someone you share a bed with. One of the most common sleep problems is snoring. The sound of snoring tends to be most disturbing to a bed partner or roommate, and often leads to sleeping in separate rooms or a night on the couch. Loud and frequent snoring is a common sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If you think you are you partner may be suffering sleep deprivation due chronic sleep apnea ask your dentist if they can screen for it. Our Weston dental office facilitates sleep testing as well as partners with a patient’s current physician to help determine the most appropriate therapy for the individual.
Call today (954) 894-7953 to make an appointment.