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How Can I Get More Sleep?

Let's face it. Waking up after a poor night's sleep is not exactly the best way to start the day. Fortunately, there are things you can do to increase your chances of having a better night's sleep more often than not.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants to share some tips on how to improve your quality of sleep. Read on as we take a look.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

The amount of sleep you need depends on your age and can also vary from person to person.

While most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, school-age children need about nine to 11 hours of sleep each night to be productive!

Effects of Poor Sleep

  • Irritability
  • Exhaustion
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone loss
  • Depression
  • Inability to focus
  • Diminished memory

How Does Lack of Sleep Affect My Health?

When you don't get enough sleep at night, you may experience a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including headaches and GI issues.

But not getting enough sleep persistently can also increase your risk of developing serious health conditions. For instance, a continued lack of sleep that leads to chronic sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure, as well as increase your risk of heart failure, stroke and cancer.

Steps to Get a Good Night's Sleep

  • Increase light exposure during the day.
  • Reduce blue light exposure at night.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine in the late afternoon and evening hours.
  • Go to sleep and wake up at same time every day.
  • Don't take long naps.

Wondering whether your sleep issues have an underlying medical cause? Visit AFC Urgent Care Airmont today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan!