As we age, we experience changes in sleep patterns. You might think you can get by with five or six hours sleep every night. Believe it or not though, all adults need between seven and eight hours a night of sleep. It benefits both our mental and physical well-being. A good night’s sleep improves our energy, alertness, mood, reflexes and overall ability to think clearly. An hour or two less than you need makes a difference in your level of reasoning, attention to detail and more.
As many as 70 million adults in America suffer from chronic sleep problems and do not get the sleep they need. Many people have insomnia and lay in bed awake a good chunk of the night.And, many people have sleep apnea, which keeps them from sleeping soundly. Sleep apnea causes you to have a loud, uneven snore. And you may wake up gasping for air. Apnea can be dangerous, causing you to stop breathing for short periods and your blood pressure to spike. You are at higher risk of stroke.
Talk to your doctor if you have insomnia or the apnea symptoms. Sometimes, exercising, losing weight or sleeping on your side can reduce apnea symptoms. Do your best to get a good night’s sleep. It matters!
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