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DO YOU GET ENOUGH SLEEP?

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DO YOU GET ENOUGH SLEEP?

National Sleep Awareness Week

March, 2017 – When a busy world pulls you in every direction, sleep can drop to the bottom of your priority list.  It should be near the top.  Lack of sleep can make everything else on your “to-do” list suffer.  It can also be linked to chronic disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, and other health issues.

The amount of sleep you need changes as you age.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these sleep guidelines:

  • Infant – 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours
  • Toddler – 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours
  • Preschool – 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours
  • School age – 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
  • Teenager – 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours
  • Adult – 7 or more hours per night

Sleep related difficulties affect many people.   The reasons can vary but your brain and body always need time to unwind before you sleep.  These tips can help:

  • Keep a notebook by your bed to write down any last minute thoughts that keep you awake.
  • Turn the lights down low an hour before bedtime. 
  • Choose decaf over sugary or caffeinated drinks and alcohol. 
  • Do not stimulate your brain with too much technology. Turn off the television, do not use your laptop in bed, and put down the phone.

Patient First physicians are available to discuss ways to regulate your sleep patterns.  Contact George Yanoshik at 484-322-6809 or george.yanoshik@patientfirst.com for interviews.

About Patient First

All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays.  Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. 

 

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