What Are the Health Benefits of Getting More Sleep?

April 30, 2021

to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of Americans have a difficult time sleeping at least some of the time.

But not getting enough sleep can do more than just spoil your mood. It can put you at risk of illness and disease, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care West Islip wants to help you get the sleep you need.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Although the amount of sleep a person needs can vary, the majority of adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

However, children and young adults need even more sleep—like around eight to 10 hours. And older adults, age 65 and older, can get by with slightly less, needing only seven to eight hours each night.

Benefits of Sleep

  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers cancer risk
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps you be more alert
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Reduces risk of depression

What Happens If You Miss Out on Sleep?

While your mood can certainly take a hit if you are not getting the sleep you need, lack of sleep can also cause a number of other issues, such as a weakened immune system, weight gain and cognitive health problems.

In addition, people who don't get enough sleep consistently have an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and car accidents as compared to people who get the sleep they need.

Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

  • Don't consume caffeine late at night.
  • Increase light exposure during the day.
  • Reduce blue light exposure at night.
  • Wake up and go to sleep around the same time each day.
  • Avoid taking long naps.

Could your sleep issues have an underlying medical cause? Stop by AFC Urgent Care West Islip today for a medical evaluation. No appointment necessary!


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