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National Sleep Awareness Week 2019

You Need Sleep Awareness Week For Better Rest

Catch some Zzz’s y’all. It’s Sleep Awareness Week, 2019! From March 10th to 16th it’s time to focus on the importance of getting good sleep for better health, well-being, and safety. This year’s theme is “Begin With Sleep”. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #YourDayBeginsWithSleep when you celebrate all week long!

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep And Your Health

We have a national sleep crisis. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s latest Sleep in America poll, 47% of Americans report feeling well-rested during the week. That means less than half the nation is getting good sleep. It could largely be due to the fact that over 20 million people suffer from sleep apnea, the majority of which cases go unreported. But, how do you know if you’re getting good, quality sleep?

You can determine if your sleep makes you feel rested or not because a poor night of rest very clearly impacts your emotional and physical well being.

Symptoms of poor sleep include:

  • Poor concentration Womena realizes she needs more rest during national sleep week
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired ability to react quickly
  • Increased risk of traffic accidents
  • Impaired memory
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Increased stress

As you continue to get poor sleep your body creates a bigger debt to fill. You may notice yourself feeling worse and worse. You may assume that nothing is wrong, and you’re just constantly tired.

However, if you continue to get poor rest you could increase the risk of:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chronic fatigue

This is because as you sleep, your body gets a chance to take a break. Hormones are released to slow your breathing and relax your muscles so your body can repair muscles, tissues, red blood vessels. Hormones are also released to boost the immune system to fight viruses and bacteria, and relieve stress and depression. All of these processes are essential for daily recovery.

In the event of a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, your body may be unable to rest without you even knowing. For example, with obstructive sleep apnea, your soft tissues around the throat collapse, blocking your airflow, causing your body to become stressed as it fights to restore airflow. Your blood pressure rises and your chest might heave, which prevents your body from being able to fully rest and repair itself during sleep.

 

How To Get Better Sleep

For you and your family to successfully “Begin With Sleep,” discuss how important it is for your health and set the goal to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

You can get better rest by using the following steps for better sleep:

  • Set a sleep routine. Schedule the same bedtime and wake up every day at the same time, even on weekends to regulate your body clock.
  • Relax before bed with a soothing activity, such as yoga or reading. Avoid stimulating screens to help relieve anxiety.
  • Try to work moderate exercise in your daily routine. Anaerobic exercise such as walking for 30 minutes can relieve stress and prepare you for sleep later. Do not work out any later than 3 hours before your bedtime. make your bed more comfortable during national sleep week
  • Make your room comfortable. Make sure your environment promotes sleep by keeping it cool and dark. Eliminate any noises or lights that might keep you awake. A fan or white noise machine can be relaxing. Also, upgrade your bedding! You need a comfortable pillow, mattress, and sheets for better rest. When was the last time you invested in quality rest?
  • Avoid allergens that might keep you up. This might mean kicking your pets out of the bedroom or investing in hypoallergenic sheets to prevent dust and other irritants from collecting.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or have caffeine close to bedtime. Each can disrupt your natural sleep cycle. Also, avoid eating large meals 2 to 3 hours before bed. If you’re hungry a light snack about 45 minutes before bedtime is best.
  • Contact your doctor if you can’t sleep. You may have an issue such as sleep apnea, and they can work with you to diagnose and treat the problem.

If you’re at risk for sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to take your health back. With the use of a CPAP machine to keep your airways open, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy in no time. Through a simple at-home test, you may be able to qualify to receive sleep equipment through insurance.

Talk to one of our specialists at (888) 321-4799 or fill out this online form to see if you qualify for free CPAP supplies through insurance. If you don’t qualify through insurance, we also offer cost-effective solutions for those who choose to buy direct.

Happy Sleep Awareness Week

Don’t spend this week groggily reaching for another cup of coffee. Take a look at your sleep patterns and make a plan to get better rest to improve your health! See how much better you feel with quality Zzz’s.

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