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Getting Restful Sleep

Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Concern

Everyone has an occasional sleepless night. Yet for more than 40 million Americans, chronic lack of sleep is the result of a sleep disorder and poses big risks. Ongoing lack of rest may disrupt your immune system and undermine your health, increasing your risk of obesity, heart problems, diabetes, and depression.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests optimal guidelines for different age groups. They suggest that

  • Children aged 5-10 need 10-11 hours
  • Teens aged 10-17 need 8.5-9.5 hours
  • Adults 18+ need 7-9 hours

You may also suffer the effects of sleep deprivation, such as:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impaired thinking
  • Traffic related accidents
  • Work related accidents
  • Decreased productivity
  • Unintentional weight gain
  • Strained relationships

How to Get More Restful Sleep?

Changing end of day, nighttime practices and lifestyle routines is a first step and may be all that’s necessary. For ongoing sleep problems more may be needed. If you suffer from chronic insomnia or aren’t satisfied with sleep quality, pinpointing the root cause is the best solution.  Consider our ReNew Wellness Course.