Rise & Shine! Sleep Awareness make for Peak Performance
According to US HealthCenter, one-third of adults in the U.S. report not getting enough sleep. Insufficient sleep is linked to accidents, injuries, and chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Sufficient quality sleep is necessary for maintaining good health.
Common Sleep Disorders
A sleep disorder refers to a condition that affects sleep quality, timing, or duration and impacts a person’s ability to properly function while they are awake. These disorders can contribute to other medical problems, and some may also be symptoms of underlying mental health issues.
• Insomnia – a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep.
• Sleep Apnea – a common sleep-related breathing disorder that occurs due to blockage of the upper airway. People with this condition often wake up choking or gasping for air. Heavy snoring is another common symptom. People tend to be more fatigued and wake tired even after enough time in bed.
• Narcolepsy – a sleep disorder that makes people feel excessively tired during the day despite getting an adequate amount of rest the previous night.
• Restless Leg Syndrome – a sleep-related movement disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation.
Steps to Improve Sleep
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Sometimes a small change can make a huge impact on your quality of sleep. Here are some tips to improving your sleep:
• Turn off electronic devices in the evening to avoid blue light
• Don’t drink caffeine within 8 hours of bedtime
• Stick to a consistent sleep and wake schedule
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Keep your bedroom cool, dark, quiet, and clean
• Avoid large meals close to bedtime
• Exercise during the day
• Engage in a relaxing activity before bed
Healthy sleep habits can increase your personal energy level and productivity, as well as enhance your personal and professional relationships. You owe it to yourself to get a good night’s rest!