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Sleep Health

Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it's something people need for good health.

Sleep Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a third of adults in the United States don't get the recommended amount of sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • depression
  • motor vehicle crashes
  • work injuries

Sleep disorders can increase the risk of health problems. Fortunately, these disorders can be diagnosed and treated. 

Sleep Infographic (PDF)

The Importance of Sleep

How much sleep is needed?  

  • Adults need roughly 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Adults that get less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period are considered short sleepers.

Why is sleep so important?

  • Getting the proper amount of sleep improves focus, concentration, and academic performance.
  • Studies have shown that insufficient sleep may be linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other illnesses.
  • Sufficient sleep makes you feel good!

Short sleepers are more likely to:

  • Report chronic health conditions compared to those who got enough sleep.
  • Report being obese, physically inactive, and current smokers compared to people who got enough sleep.
Sleep info- how much is needed and why is it important
Sleep Tips

Sleep Tips

  • Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only. This can help alleviate any potential stressors that may be preventing sleep.
  • Set up your sleep space!  Should be a quiet, cool/comfortable, dark, and relaxing environment.
  • Aim for the same sleep/wake times each day and have your ultimate goal to not use an alarm clock!
  • Make sure your pillows and mattress are comfortable.  Mattresses should be replaced every 10 years or so.
  • Increase natural light during the day so your body can better regulate your circadian rhythm.
  • Relax before bed. Journal thoughts/concerns before bed, take a hot bath or shower, meditate, or practice deep breathing.
  • Avoid exercise, caffeine, alcohol, heavy meals, and screen time (phone/iPad/TV) just before bed.
  • Reduce fluid intake before bed—aim to hydrate earlier in the day.
  • Get regular physical activity, but don't exercise right before bed.
  • If you don’t fall asleep after 15-20 minutes, get up and do something for a bit, such as listen to music, clean up the house, or read (print books are recommended over e-books). Then, go back to bed and try again. 
  • Nap smart—naps that are too long (longer than 90 minutes) or too late in the day can mess with sleep later!

If you have tried all of the above with no luck, visit your doctor.  There may be something else going on. 

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