How much sleep is enough to not only get you through the day, but to improve your over health and well-being? We all want to know!
Advice From A Sleep Specialist
First, an introduction. My name is Allen and I have been in and around sleep medicine for the better part of 20 years. I have worked with Dr. Noah and his associates since 1996, and graduated from respiratory therapy school in 2000.
In that time, I have held a variety of titles. I’m currently a physician extender and I’m responsible for obtaining information for sleep consultations. I’m also responsible for performing and overseeing all positive airway pressure (PAP) tests.
But as they say, I’m not just the president… I’m also a member. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2005, and have been on CPAP machine ever since.
So, Let’s Talk Sleep!
Sleep is something that we devote a third of our lives to, but it’s not taken very seriously. Why is that?
I think it is the American way. We focus so much on our job, family and life responsibilities. We stay so busy that there is just not enough time in the day.
So, what do we do? Do we give up our jobs? Give up our family time? Of course not! We give up sleep.
Sleep Deprivation Is Very Common
We are now a sleep deprived nation. In fact, sleep deprivation is the most common sleep disorder in the United States.
That is not a big deal, right? We can get by with a little less sleep, right? Wrong!
Studies show that sleep deprivation can contribute to hypertension and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many other health issues.
The moral of the story is get enough sleep!
How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?
While this will vary from person to person, the average adult will require 7 – 9 hours of sleep regularly to feel rested. Teens need 9 hours of sleep, and younger children need even more.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of enough sleep. What Determines How Much Sleep We Need?
How To Get Enough Sleep
At the sleep center, we treat a multitude of sleep disorders; 92 of them in fact.
We certainly can take care of your sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, etc., but if you want to feel your best, adequate sleep is crucial.
Schedule A Sleep Test
A sleep test is the best way to determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder. Contact us now to speak with a specialist who can help you achieve better sleep.