The Importance of Sleep (and Why You May Not Be Getting Enough)

Getting enough restful sleep is one of the most important ways to support your health, yet some 45% of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affects their daily life at least once in a given week. And while most adults in the United States get a decent amount of sleep on average, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 35% report poor or only fair sleep quality. 

Many factors can fuel inadequate sleep, and the repercussions can be quite serious. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to start turning this around. Our sleep disorder experts at Michigan Neurology Associates can determine whether you have a sleep disorder and, if so, provide appropriate treatment. 

Why enough restful sleep is crucial

While specific needs vary, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. As you near bedtime, your levels of the stress hormone cortisol dip, then gradually increase to bring about alertness come morning. So without enough sleep, you can wake up feeling stressed and anxious. 

Sleep also promotes strong immune function, leading to a lower risk for infections and disease, and allowing you to heal more efficiently.

More benefits of sufficient sleep include:

Factors that interfere with sleep

Many factors can make getting enough restful sleep each night challenging. Some of the most common include:

Ways to sleep better

If you have an underlying medical condition that interferes with sleep, treatment for the condition can go a long way toward improving your nightly snooze. If a sleep disorder is suspected, our team of experts conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause and the best possible treatment.

Lifestyle steps that can enhance sleep include:

Learn more about sleep loss and its treatments by reaching out to us at Michigan Neurology Associates today. We would love to help you invite the many benefits of sufficient, restorative sleep.

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