Did you know that sleep is important to your health? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute “Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” It is recommended that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified inadequate sleep as a public health concern in the United States. In a 2013 Gallop Poll, it was reported that 40% of Americans were not meeting the minimum recommendation of 7 hours of sleep. Sleep issues are not limited to the United States, globally sleep problems affect up to 45 per cent of the world’s population. Reasons for inadequate sleep run the gamut from being new parents to obstructive sleep apnea. Not only does a lack of sleep increase the risk of accidents ranging from traffic to workplace, the prevalence of such chronic illnesses as diabetes and hypertension are also linked sleep insufficiency.
What can you do to meet the recommended daily amount of sleep? Adopt healthy sleep habits to help you achieve the goal!
Catesby Ware, Chief of Sleep Medicine of our EVMS Sleep Disorders Center, recommends a regular sleep schedule including “sleeping at the same time on the weekend as during the work week”. The EVMS Sleep Disorders Center recommends that you talk with your family physician if sleeping trouble persists. Recommendations range from regular exercise and not watching a bedroom clock when you are trying to sleep to limiting naps and not eating a large meal before you go to bed.
Curious to learn more about healthy sleep? Visit the links below:
Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Life (EVMS Magazine Issue 8.5 Web Exclusive)
Are You Sleep-Deprived? Learn More About Healthy Sleep (MedlinePlus)
In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep (NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
Sleep disorders – overview (MedlinePlus)
Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website.
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Ruth M. Smith, MLIS