You have probably long known that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, as you have gotten older and the responsibilities of family and job have taken your attention, you may have discounted just how important sleep is.
Americans value hard work, which for many translates into long hours at work or bringing work home. For some, with technology at our finger tips, there is no clear boundary between work and home! Sleep, while not under-rated is under prioritized by many; some see it as a luxury afforded to few. Some wear “burning the candle at both ends” like a badge of honor.
Consequences of Poor Sleep
If sleep is an issue for you, the consequences are frightening. Sleep deprivation effects range from poor concentration and memory to mood disorders like anxiety and depression; from inability to lose weight to high blood pressure and diabetes; from speeding up the aging process to early death! The bottom line is you may not be able to get the textbook 7-9 hours a night recommended to most adults, but making the sleep you get as restorative as possible will positively impact your quality of life today and the manifestation of your dreams for your future.
Understanding Your Symptoms
The first step to getting your sleep cycles back in gear is understanding what affects sleep in the first place. As they say “knowing is half the battle.” Make an appointment with your provider today if you suffer from sleep deprivation. You will discover what exactly is impacting your sleep and together you will come up with a plan to get your sleep back.
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