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Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

September 27, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmogell @ 7:35 pm
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Many people are all too willing to cut back on sleep, whether they need to stay up late to finish a project or they enjoying spending their evenings out on the town. Other people would like to get more sleep, but they routinely miss out on much-needed shuteye. Both types of people should make an effort to get more high-quality rest. Let’s talk about why getting enough sleep is so important, how you can tell if you are getting enough sleep, and how sleep apnea treatment in Boca Raton may be a key to helping you get the rejuvenating rest you need.

The Importance of Sleep

It would be easy to talk all day about how important sleep is, but here are just a few facts that highlight its value:

  • Sleep deprivation is associated with a number of serious health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, depression, and anxiety.
  • Cutting back even on even one hour of sleep each night can lead to chronic and devastating health consequences.

Your Sleep Needs

The CDC reported on a study that found that roughly one-third of adults in the U.S. routinely does not get enough sleep. Are you in that group? If your nightly amount of sleep does not fall within the following ranges, there is a good chance that you are:

  • Adults ages 18 – 64: 7 – 9 hours
  • Adults 65+: 7 – 8 hours

Of course, there is some leeway with the above numbers. For example, there is no cause for concern if a young adult functions best after 10 hours of sleep, or if a senior adult feels refreshed after just 5 or 6 hours. If you are not sure if you are getting enough sleep, you might find it beneficial to track how much sleep you get each night for a few weeks and analyze how you feel after your nightly shuteye.

How to Get More Sleep

A few adjustments to your daily routine might be all that is necessary for you to get more sleep. However, if you do your best to go to bed at a reasonable time and you still feel like you’re not getting enough rest, you may have a disorder, such as sleep apnea, that is affecting both the quality and quantity of your sleep. Fortunately, sleep apnea is highly treatable. Something as simple as a custom oral appliance or CPAP therapy in Boca Raton might be all you need to start getting the rest your mind and body need to function at their best.

Are you getting enough sleep? If not, take steps today to start getting more rest. You’ll enjoy a healthier, happy, and more productive life as a result.

About the Author

Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has many years of experience in helping patients find relief from obstructive sleep apnea via oral appliance therapy. If you would like to speak with him about how you can start getting more high-quality sleep, contact Florida Dental Sleep Disorders today.

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