• Importance of Sleep

    Get Help for a Sleep Disorder

    Did you know more than 25 percent of U.S. adults say they don’t get enough sleep? Sleeping well is one of the most powerful things you can do for your health. Catching your zzz’s does more than give you energy during the day, it also encourages cell repair throughout your body and keeps your immune system strong. But if you’re like the many others who suffer from a sleep disorder, you may be at higher risk for heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

    Common sleep disorders include:

    • Insomnia: Trouble falling or staying asleep
    • Narcolepsy: Daytime “sleep attacks,” suddenly falling asleep or difficulty staying awake even when you’re well rested
    • Restless legs syndrome: A tingling or prickly sensation in your legs and the urge to move them
    • Sleep apnea: Breathing interruptions during sleep and a frequent cause of snoring

    Quick tips for better sleep:

    • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
    • Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day.
    • Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes five times a week.
    • Avoid bright lights in the evening from your computer screen.