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How Can I Start Getting a Good Night's Sleep?

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you just know that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and didn't get the sleep you need to be your most productive self?

While getting a poor night's sleep here and there happens, when it comes a frequent occurrence, it is time to take action!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Levittown wants to offer some tips on how you can get the sleep you need each night.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

The answer to this question depends largely on your age. The Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep, though your individual needs may vary depending on your activity level and health.

Younger children and teens need more sleep to be at their best, while older adults age 65 and older can get by with slightly less.

Sleep Tips

  • Avoid caffeine later in the day.
  • Try not to exercise right before bedtime.
  • Take shorter daytime naps or eliminate them altogether.
  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every night.
  • Reduce blue light exposure in the evening hours.
  • Keep the bedroom dark and cool.

How Does Sleep Affect My Health?

Sleep allows the body to rest and recharge, both physically and mentally. When you get the right amount of quality sleep, you're at your best, with improved attention span, memory and problem solving skills.

On the other hand, when you don't get enough sleep, you're at an increased risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

Common Types of Sleep Disorders

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

Is there something else keeping you up at night? Visit AFC Urgent Care Levittowntoday to make sure there's no underlying medical issue.