Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

by Dr. Karen Latimerare you getting enough sleepSleep is a critical component to a healthy lifestyle, and yet, I can almost guarantee you are not getting enough of it. Busy schedules, on demand TV viewing, incessant electronic communication and overall increased stress levels are depriving us of our much needed Zzzzz’s.

According to the experts at The Valley Hospital,

An increasing number of adults experience sleep problems on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In fact 75% of American adults report having had at least one symptom of a sleep problem a few nights a week or more within the past year, continuing an upward trend in the prevalence of sleep problems since 1999. More than 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. If you are one of them, you already know that poor sleep means you feel less energetic during the day. What you may not know is that poor sleep is associated with serious health risks.

Insufficient sleep has been linked to:
— obesity
— hypertension
— cardiovascular disease
— diabetes
— depression

However, an overwhelming majority of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated.

So, how do you know if you are getting enough sleep? Take this quiz to find out!

sleep quiz link

Even if you answered no to all, you and your family can probably benefit from better sleep hygiene. Stay tuned all week for lots of great Better Sleep Content.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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