"... Sufficient sleep is not a luxury-it is a necessity-and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health."
Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS, Director, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
We all have heard that the way to get healthy is by diet and exercise, but did you know that there is now a third way? Sleep. That's correct; a healthy diet, regular exercise and good old fashioned sleep. We now know from studies that people who do not get enough good, sound sleep every night are at risk for a host of illnesses that include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Sleep is necessary for our brains to create memories, and help us learn. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, there are ways for you to get help and begin to feel better! So remember, the way to health is diet, exercise and sleep.
At some point most of us have had an occasional 'bad night' where we experienced problems getting to sleep.
The best way to get the right amount of sleep is to follow some simple guidelines every day. There are simple ways to help you get a good night's sleep while avoiding medications that have side effects. The following is advice on how to get started and maintain healthy sleep that is safe and beneficial to your health.
Sleep-related difficulties - typically called sleep disorders - affect many people. Major sleep disorders include:
If you or someone you know is experiencing a sleep disorder, it may be important to receive an evaluation by a healthcare provider.
The promotion of regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene. Here are some simple sleep hygiene tips: