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Sleep Deprivation: When Counting Sheep Doesn't Work

Why it’s important to get enough sleep at night

We all know the feeling: waking up after a less-than-restful night, your body is heavy, your head feels foggy and your eyes want to seal themselves shut. “Just five more minutes,” we tell our alarm.

 

Many adults aren’t getting enough sleep at night – whether it’s because of a job, children, racing thoughts or a chronic sleep disorder – and this lack of shut-eye can take a serious toll on our health, according to a recent blog on WebMD by Lisa Marshall.

 

We’re all in pursuit of a good night’s rest, and yet 1 in 3 adults fail to get even the minimal seven hours of recommended sleep. Not getting enough sleep, besides making it hard to focus during the day, leaves you more vulnerable to infection and boosts risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, a recent study found that people who slept less than six hours per night for a week were four times more likely to get sick.

 

Furthermore, sleepless nights could be a sign of a more serious condition. About 60% of people with sleep issues have a chronic sleep disorder like insomnia, sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.

If you have difficulty sleeping at night or aren’t giving yourself time to achieve the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, it’s time to make sleep a priority. And it could be time to see a doctor. 

 

Click to learn more about sleep habits and what your sleep schedule says about your health.

To make an appointment with a physician at Monarch Primary Care, give us a call (513) 246-2070.

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