restful sleepGetting a good night’s sleep is more important than most people realize.

Sleep is much more than rest. The brain and body don’t actually shut down during sleep, but instead go through a variety of stages that enable us to function properly and feel good when we are awake.

When sleeping problems occur, people become sleep deprived and are less healthy, less attractive, have slower response times, tend to make unwise decisions, have trouble in relationships, preform poorly at work or school, and become depressed much easier.

Additionally, people that are chronically sleep deprived can suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cognitive difficulties, and a whole host of medical problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that insomnia and sleep apnea are a public health epidemic.

The amount of sleep a person needs depends on age and varies from 12 hours for preschoolers to around 8 hours for adults. But the quality of sleep is just as important as the amount. Laying in bed in a drowsy state for most of the night does not count as getting a full night’s sleep.

Some people may not have any trouble falling asleep, but the quality of their sleep is not what they need. They don’t have a deep enough sleep that supports health, and they typically have trouble waking up in the morning.

The first thing anyone who has, or thinks they may have, a sleeping problem should do, is take the self assessment test provided here > SLEEP SELF ASSESSMENT

Then, talk to your doctor and let them know your concerns. Discuss possible life style changes and call (361) 704-6789 to set up a professional sleep screening at Christian Care Sleep Center. If it’s determined you ay have a sleep disorder, a sleep study will be conducted. With a sleep study, you’ll know for certain if you have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. In addition, you’ll get the best treatment options available that are tailored just for you and your situation.

Don’t ignore a sleeping problem. There are too many health consequences that arise from sleep deprivation. We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping – and there’s a strong biological reason for that. You deserve to be able to sleep well and feel the tremendous benefits from living a healthy lifestyle, which includes a truly restful sleep.