What You Should Know About Your Sleep

We know sleep is important to our health, helping to heal our bodies, keep our immune system strong and promote healthy growth anddreamstime 200x300 What You Should Know About Your Sleep Photo development in children and teens. Although the recommended amount of sleep differs depending on our age, the quality of sleep matters too. Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. When we are sleep deprived, we can also have trouble with cognitive functions like making decisions, solving problems, and controlling emotions.

So, why is the average American not getting enough sleep?

Ongoing sleep deficiency can be caused by conditions like insomnia, where either falling or staying asleep is difficult. Insomnia is very common and affects people of all ages, although it is more common in adults. It is reported that one-third to one-half of people in the United States will experience insomnia at least once, and that 10 percent suffer from chronic, or repeated, insomnia. Other related conditions, like sleep apnea, can cause interrupted breathing during sleep which can deprive the brain and body of much-needed oxygen.

During Sleep Awareness Week, share and explore our insomnia and sleep apnea care guides to review symptoms and learn how to prepare for a visit with your doctor.