Getting enough sleep is important for your health 

Not getting enough sleep can take years off your life 

According to the Center for Disease and Prevention, about 1 in 3 adults is sleep deprived, a condition that occurs if you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deficiency occurs if you sleep at the wrong time of day, do not sleep well, or have poor-quality sleep. 

Sleeping is a basic human need, like eating, drinking, and breathing. Like these other needs, sleeping is vital for good health and well-being throughout your lifetime. Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problems. Sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression. It is also linked to a higher chance of injury and plays a role in how well we function throughout the day. 

Here are six tips to achieve a better night’s sleep:

1. Keep regular sleep hours

Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, including on weekends.  It is important for your body to have a regular sleeping schedule. Try to avoid napping where possible.

2. Create a restful environment

Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Reduce exposure to electronic screens within 2 hours of bedtime. 

3. Include physical activity in your daily routine

Being active can help you sleep better. 

4. Manage worries

If you lie awake worrying about tomorrow, before bed, write a list for the next day. Basic stress management can also help. Get organized, set priorities, and delegate where possible. 

5. Pay attention to what you eat and drink

Cut down on alcohol and avoid caffeine and heavy meals too close to bedtime. 

6. Confront sleeplessness

If you are lying awake and unable to sleep, do not force it. Get up and do something relaxing for a short while and return to bed when you feel sleepier.

Nearly everyone has an occasional sleepless night and there are many reasons why you might not be able to sleep well. if you have any concerns or need help with your sleep, please contact your primary care provider.

Identifying and treating any underlying causes can help you get the better sleep you deserve.

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