If you're like most people, you probably can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep. So many things can interrupt healthy sleep: sick children; a stressful day at work; concerns about aging parents, finances and day-to-day issues.
But it's amazing what a good night's sleep can do. During sleep, the body produces hormones that:
"Because many adults don’t get the recommended eight hours, simply getting more sleep can improve health," said Crystal Hines-Mays, MD, a family physician at Franciscan Physician Network Homewood Health Center. "Sleep is restorative, improves the immune system and helps to remove toxins in the brain."
Not getting enough sleep compromises your health and is associated with several chronic diseases and conditions, including:
Lack of sleep also interferes with concentration, energy and memories and affects performance. It's also been linked to risk-taking behavior. Some medical issues, called sleep disorders, can be the problem. And for women approaching menopause, hot flashes and hormonal changes can lead to insomnia and increased sleep apnea, too.
So with the odds seemingly stacked against you, what can you do to catch those much needed Z's? Start with these seven tips for a better night's sleep:
So how much sleep is enough? Sleep needs vary from person to person but these recommended guidelines are a good place to start:
These healthy sleep tips are important for the entire family. If you or a family member has persistent trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, talk to your healthcare provider.
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