MemorialCare Health System Your Health: Get a Better Night's Rest
One of the simplest ways to add an extra dose of healthy to your life is by getting an adequate amount of sleep every night. "With a good night’s rest, our bodies are able to rejuvenate and recharge," says Tamera Godfrey, RPSGT, RST, clinical operations manager, MemorialCare Sleep Disorder Center, Long Beach Memorial. "Our bodies not only feel better, but getting an adequate amount of quality sleep is necessary for heart health, weight management, and mental and physical health."
Falling Asleep and Staying AsleepEven though sleeping is biologically programmed in our systems, falling asleep and staying asleep are critical problems affecting the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "more than one-quarter of the U.S. population reports occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia." While a few mornings of grogginess, and yawns in between work meetings may seem harmless, insufficient sleep is often associated with more serious conditions, such as sleep apnea.
Sleeping DisordersSleep apnea is a critical sleep disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing while sleeping. Categorized into two types, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea, these sleep disorders are often undiagnosed, stigmatized and untreated. "More common than central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by a person’s inability to breathe because of blockage in their airway," says Godfrey. "Unable to breathe, a person may wake up throughout the night without realizing it."
Sleep StudyKnown to cause weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and even death, OSA is often stigmatized to be a condition that only overweight or obese people suffer from. "If you ever feel tired throughout the day after a night’s rest, it’s imperative that you schedule a sleep test to rule out the possibility of having OSA, because no one is immune," says Godfrey. "Unfortunately, more than 85 percent of people diagnosed with type II Diabetes have OSA and those that are unaware of this disorder, don’t realize it because they stop breathing when they’re unconscious."
Five Tips to Help You Prepare for a Quality Night’s Rest:
To feel benefits of a good night’s sleep, try incorporating these tips into your everyday routine. Encourage family members to adjust to the new changes and share your experiences with each other for motivation.
If you or one of your family members still struggles with falling asleep, or feeling tired throughout the day after a night-long rest, consider scheduling a visit at the MemorialCare Sleep Disorder Center at Long Beach Memorial.
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