How Does Not Getting Enough Sleep Affect Your Health?

Picture this: You’re waking up after a bad night of sleep. Instantly, you can tell that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, which usually includes moodiness, irritability and a headache.

While a poor night’s sleep can happen to any of us at any time, the last thing you want is for it to become a habit.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants you to understand how not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your health so that you start taking steps to get better sleep.

How Does Sleep Affect Your Health?

Sleep plays a vital role in both your mental and physical health. During sleep, your body uses this time to heal and repair blood vessels and other systems in the body.

Therefore, if sleep is disrupted, especially on a nightly basis, it can increase your risk of a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.

Common Sleep Disorders

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

The amount of sleep you should get varies by age and activity level. For instance, school-aged children usually need around nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, while teenagers need about eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.

Most adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep at night, while seniors (age 65 and older) can get away with seven to eight hours of sleep at night.

Ways to Sleep Better at Night

  • Increase bright light exposure during day.
  • Avoid caffeine late in day.
  • Reduce long naps during the day.
  • Wake up and go to bed at same time every day.
  • Reduce blue light exposure at night.

Are your sleep issues being caused by a health issue? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Southcenter for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary.


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

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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