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Sleep Series Introduction

man sleepingSnoozing. Slumbering. Catching Zzzzzs. Getting shut-eye. Whatever name you have for it, sleep is vitally important when it comes to our overall health. Did you know, however, that the average person only gets about 5-6 hours of sleep a night? That’s not nearly enough-we need at least 8 hours to be healthy and some people need even more!

Health Problems Associated with Insufficient Sleep

You may think that not getting enough sleep is not a big deal-it just means you’ll be tired the following day. While an occasional night of insufficient sleep might not cause harm, serious health problems can develop if you routinely fail to get adequate sleep.

These include the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Other Issues That Can Arise

Not having enough sleep also can affect memory, reasoning, reaction time, your body’s ability to heal and more. People also can feel moody or lack the energy to get through their day.

Stay Tuned for Sleep-Enhancing Tips

Over the next weeks will be exploring sleep, how important it is and what you can do to improve your overall slumber. By getting the best rest possible, you can help to optimize your health and maintain it in the long term.

Check out Dr. Kriva’s video for more information!

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