Busy people often say that sleep is a waste of time, but a growing body of high quality evidence shows that an adequate amount of good quality sleep is critical for health and longevity.
People who don’t get enough sleep or who have untreated sleep disorders often experience daytime sleepiness, fatigue, loss of focus and concentration, irritability, and moodiness. They are also accident prone and more likely to have high blood pressure and a host of other cardiovascular problems.
Problems with sleep can lead to poor focus on the job, lost productivity, careless mistakes, difficulty with arriving late, or even missing work, which may eventually impact a person’s job success and income.
Poor sleep and sleep disorders also affect athletic performance and competitiveness. Convincing evidence shows that well rested athletes of all skill levels perform and compete better than those who do not obtain adequate, high quality sleep.
Most adults feel and function their best with 7-8 hours of sleep per 24 hours. However, a majority of people are sleep deprived on a chronic basis. Imagine living life with only 70 percent of the fluid your body needs and being in a constantly dehydrated state.
Another common sleep issue is a breathing problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People with this problem snore habitually but also have recurrent brief periods of decreased or absent air flow that degrades their quality of sleep and leads to excessive sleepiness and elevated risk for high blood pressure and other issues.
There are dozens of other sleep disorders including insomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias (unusual movements or behaviors in sleep), and narcolepsy. If you are concerned about your sleep, talk with your primary care provider or consult with a sleep specialist.
How we sleep impacts how we feel and function, how we think and focus, how we perform at work, and how we compete on the playing field and in life!
For more information call Methodist Healthcare Sleep Disorders Center at 901.683.0044 or visit http://www.methodisthealth.org/healthcare-services/sleep-disorders/.