Healthy Sleep, Healthy You
By Michael Bonner, Ph.D.
When Daylight Savings Time ends in early November, we gladly “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep. While gaining--or losing--one hour of sleep when the clocks change doesn’t really make a big difference, how we sleep on a nightly basis is seen more and more as essential to good health. Sleep researchers are now finding surprising links between poor sleep and a variety of physical and mental health problems. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and, according to recent studies, Alzheimer’s disease.
What is a good night’s sleep? While individual requirements vary, most experts agree that between seven and eight hours is optimal. Keep in mind that what’s most important is not how much time we spend in bed, but how much of that time we spend asleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning for an hour or more, it makes sense just to get up for a while and try again later. Remember that an occasional night of poor sleep is not uncommon. If you are sleeping poorly on a regular basis, talk to your doctor. Chronic sleep problems can often be treated successfully by cognitive-behavioral therapy.
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