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Two Rivers Public Health: Are you getting enough sleep?

FILE - Person sleeping in bed. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
FILE - Person sleeping in bed. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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If not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, poor mental health and even early death, according Two Rivers Public Health Department.

Nazarria Slagel, TRPHD Community Health Worker, said even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not only are you more likely to feel sleepy, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work and be involved in a motor vehicle crash.

Hours of sleep recommended per day by age:

  • Infant4-12 months12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Toddler1-2 years11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Pre-School3-5 years10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • School Age6-12 years9-12 hours per 24 hours
  • Teen13-18 years8-10 hours per 24 hours
  • Adult18-60 years7 or more hours per night

Habits to Improve Your Sleep

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices such as TVs, computers, and phones from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Don’t use tobacco.
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

TRPHD says getting enough sleep is important, but good sleep quality is also essential. Signs of poor sleep quality include feeling sleepy or tired even after getting enough sleep, repeatedly waking up during the night, and having symptoms of a sleep disorder (such as snoring or gasping for air). Better sleep habits may improve the quality of your sleep. If you have symptoms of a sleep disorder, such as snoring or being very sleepy during the day after a full night’s sleep, make sure to tell your doctor.

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