How Does Sleep Affect Your Health?

We all want to be our most productive selves. In order to do that, we need to be able to get good, quality sleep each night.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to set you up for success by offering these tips on how to get more sleep at night.

How Much Sleep Do Most People Need?

The amount of sleep you need varies based on a few factors, including your age and your activity level. Most adults should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep.

Older adults need slightly less, with a recommendation of seven to eight hours of sleep, while kids and teens need more to be at their best.

Risks of Sleep Deprivation

  • Heart disease
  • Irritability
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health issues
  • Weight gain
  • Learning issues
  • Stroke

Why Is It Important to Establish a Bedtime Routine?

When you go straight from work to bed, you don’t set yourself up for success when it comes to achieving quality sleep. You need to better transition yourself from daytime to nighttime by establishing a bedtime routine.

A good bedtime routine includes shutting off electronics an hour before bed and either reading a book, taking a warm bath, meditating or just listening to calming music. This can help get your mind and body in a better position for sleep.

Other Ways to Get Better Sleep

  • Avoid caffeine in the hours before bedtime.
  • Sleep on a better mattress and pillow.
  • Reduce blue light exposure before bed.
  • Exercise on a regular basis, but not within the hours before bedtime.
  • Do not eat right before bed.
  • Make the bedroom a cool, dark environment.

Is your lack of sleep due to a medical issue? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today for a medical evaluation so that you can start getting the sleep you need.


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Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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