Are you getting enough sleep? Probably not, doctors say

Bill Grady
June 25, 2018 - 6:15 am

Even if you think you're getting enough sleep, experts say you probably aren't. 

Sleep deprivation has become an epidemic, and the fallout can have an impact on sufferers' personal and professional lives, said Dr. Suzanne Stevens, director of the sleep lab at the University of Kansas Health System.

"People can become depressed or irritable due to sleep deprivation," Stevens said. "Your concentration ability is much less with sleep deprivation, so it takes longer to do a task than it would in a well-rested state."

Getting proper rest requires discipline, Stevens said. 

People with sleep problems need to gear down before they turn in. That means put away the computer, the television and smart phone.

It's a good idea to keep the bedroom very dark, with an optimum temperature of 65 degrees.

Numerous studies have linked sleep deprivation to ADHD, heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

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