Are you getting enough sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, most healthy adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and some even need at least 10 hours in order to function without sleepiness during the day. So it’s clear to see that sleep is important. Here are 10 facts about sleep that you need to know in order to live your best life now.
- Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep.
- Shift workers are at increased risk for a variety of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases, according to the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders,
- Newborns sleep a total of 14 to 17 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of 1-3 hours awake.
- At 2AM and 2PM we naturally feel tired. This natural dip in alertness is primarily responsible for the dip w feel after lunchtime.
- More than 80% of healthcare professionals believe that it is the responsibility of both the patient and the healthcare professional to bring up symptoms of insomnia during an appointment. (Make sure you talk to Dr. Blevins about your sleep patterns at your next appointment. He may be able to help.)
- The primary cause of sleep disruption for 90 million American adults is snoring, and 37 million suffer from this on a regular basis.
- People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to gain weight. That’s because certain hormone levels fall when there is lack of sleep, which promotes a bigger appetite.
- The older you get the higher the chances are that you will suffer from insomnia, but most often this sleep disruption is attributable to some other medical condition.
- More than 22 million Americans are dealing with sleep apnea (when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep), with 80% of those cases undiagnosed according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
- Getting better sleep is entirely possible. If you are suffering from snoring, daytime drowsiness, waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat, teeth grinding, or morning headaches, Dr. Blevins can help. First, he will meet with you for a free consultation, and will most likely recommend a home sleep test. Then a medical doctor will review.
Request a free Dental Sleep Therapy Consultation with Dr. Blevins today.