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The Importance of Sleep? Better Nights Mean Better Days

While sleep may seem like a luxury, it’s essential to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night for our physical and emotional well-being.

At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and another 20 million have occasional problems sleeping, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Chronic sleep deprivation and excessive sleepiness impairs cognitive function, memory and the immune system. It changes the body’s metabolism, making us eat more yet feel less satisfied, and it causes more than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents annually.

The long-term effects of sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of harmful health consequences, including increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke.

We also need the restorative phases of sleep for consolidating memories, learning, creativity, problem solving, emotional balance and physical development and repair.

Some of the most significant sleep disorders are:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Shift Worker Disorder

The good news is that many sleep disorders can be managed effectively once they are diagnosed and, by doing so, you may be able to quickly improve your health and happiness. To learn more about the treatment for these disorders, and Phyhealth Sleep Care, visit the Services section of our website.