Have you been sleeping well recently? According to the National Sleep Foundation, “adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years old should be getting anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep per night.” March 3rd to March 10th is National Sleep Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to help people think about their sleeping habits since sleep is such an important factor of your life. This week especially is a great time to reflect on your sleep habits! If your sleep is not where it should be to provide you the energy to get through the day, let’s work on it! If you are having a trouble with sleeping, it is very important to take the steps to work on this problem.
People who have trouble sleeping face many negative consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), reported that people who are averaging six hours of sleep or less per night were more likely to fall asleep while driving than those who are sleeping more than seven hours per night. Also, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (2019), people who are having trouble sleeping are more at risk of suicide. Finally, according to the CDC as quoted in the National Wellness Institute (2018), “insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression”. Poor sleeping habits can make it more likely to develop mental and physical health problems. Let’s remind people around you how much sleep is important in your life during Sleep Awareness Week!
As you can see, these are many important reasons why the community needs to raise awareness and offer support to those who are suffering from sleep problems. The Center for Behavioral Health is here to help with your sleep problems. Our caring and compassionate clinicians are here to offer an ear to listen while also providing coping mechanisms for those who need better sleep. If you are having sleep trouble, please reach out to us. Call the Center for Behavioral Health (502-792-7011) to start improving your sleep every day!