National Sleep Awareness Week starts March 10 and Mary Adekunle wants you to make catching your Zzzzs a priority.

Americans are getting a full hour less sleep than they did in 1942, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic and can have extensive health effects.

 

Mary Adekunle, clinical director of Bacharach’s Sleep & Neurodiagnostics Center, explains the importance of getting enough sleep.

Why are Americans sleeping less?

 

Americans tend to lead very busy lives and try to pack so many activities into a day. Sleep is the first thing to suffer because of our busy schedules. Many people feel they can shave an hour off here and there and still function properly the next day. This mindset has led to a third of adults not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

What are the health effects of sleep deprivation?

 

A lack of sleep can affect an individual’s anxiety, moods, memory;  it can lower immunity to disease and can lead to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

 

Sleep is vital for your body to function properly. It is your body’s time to reset and fight disease. It is also a restorative time for organs in your body.

 

What are the best strategies to avoid sleep deprivation?

 

Adults should focus on getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Young adults and children will need more. At least two hours before you go to bed you should start winding your day down. You shouldn’t exercise, drink heavily caffeinated beverages or alcohol. Taking a nice warm shower or bath will help your body relax and serve as a good cue that sleep is near. You also want to make sure that your bedroom has ideal sleeping conditions – keep it cool and dark, with a minimum of electronics.

 

Sleep awareness week starts when daylight saving time begins on March 10.  Remember to adjust your schedule to allow enough time to sleep.  Bacharach Sleep Center is celebrating National Sleep Awareness Week, March 11 to 15, by offering free sleep screenings and equipment checks at both our Galloway and Hammonton locations.  Please call 609-748-5405 for hours and let our clinician’s help you get the sleep you need.

 


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