National Sleep Awareness Week

 Are you often very sleepy during the day?

 Do others tell you that you snore or have short pauses in your breathing while you sleep?

Do you get a full night’s sleep most nights but still wake up tired?

Do you frequently wake up with headaches in the morning?

You may have sleep apnea, a serious breathing problem that interrupts your sleep and can increase your risk for heart disease and strokes….

Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when someone regularly stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. An estimated 12 million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Only about 49 percent of Americans report getting a good night’s sleep. Almost three in four report less than eight hours of weeknight sleep, and 40 percent report less than seven hours on average. The current recommendation is to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

National Sleep Awareness Week is March 7th through the 13th, which coincides with the switch to daylight savings time. Many Americans will “spring forward,” jumping clocks forward one hour, and lose a precious hour of sleep.

Below are several tips that may help you sleep better:

Develop a routine before going to bed, try to go to bed at that same time every night (weekdays and weekends)

Avoid caffeine five hours before bedtime

Do quiet activities before bed

Reduce disturbing noises (like loud music or TV)

Background or white noise may improve sleep

Avoid fatty, spicy foods that are likely to cause heartburn

Exercise regularly

Do not drink alcoholic beverages four to six hours before bedtime

Avoid eating a full meal before bedtime; however a light snack, such as dairy products consumed with carbohydrates like crackers are especially good bedtime snacks

National Sleep Awareness Week is designed to help inform Americans about sleep and how important it is to health. To find out more information please visit http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/joinhin/news/SleepAwarenessWeek.htm

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