Getting Enough Sleep?
Did you know that humans spend approximately 33% of their life sleeping? You may argue that, regardless of that figure, you just don’t get enough sleep. You’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named insufficient sleep a public health epidemic in the U.S. They estimate that roughly 50 to 70 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder.
Getting enough sleep is critical for mental and physical health. The body needs time to recover and repair; sleep is an important part of recovery.
Sleep deprivation can lead to:
- Decreased immune function
- Increased risk of car accidents
- Lost productivity
- Increased appetite (weight gain)
- Risk of cardiovascular problems
- Depression like symptoms
In addition, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea – the most common cause being excess weight or obesity.
So how much sleep is enough? The National Sleep Foundation has these recommendations, based on age:
- Teens – 8 to 10 hours
- Adults – 7 to 9 hours
- Seniors – 7 to 8 hours
Unfortunately, 30% of adults sleep less than 6 hours per night.
If pain or discomfort is interfering with your sleep, please visit our office. Our doctors can address the common symptoms (neck pain, back pain and headaches) that keep many people up at night. We can also educate you in techniques to find a more comfortable sleep.
Hope this article didn’t put you to sleep!
Method Health Center
is located on Daniel Island, SC and serves the greater Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas. We offer Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, Sports Recovery and Weight Loss Counseling.