How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Did you know that one out of every three Americans are not getting the amount of sleep they need every night? Although the hours needed vary by age, most adults should be getting around seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants you to start getting the sleep you need—and deserve—every night with these tips!

How Can I Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can try in order to start getting a better night’s sleep each night. For starters, you can start going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day—no matter if it is a weekday or weekend.

You also want to avoid caffeine later in the day, as well as eliminate blue light exposure late at night, especially right before bed.

Benefits of Good Sleep

  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves memory
  • Helps you to lose weight
  • Reduces inflammation

What Can Poor Sleep Do to My Health?

Not getting the sleep you need can affect more than just your mood. When you are sleep-deprived, you can also increase your risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

People who experience poor sleep can also run the risk of developing diabetes and weight gain.

Common Sleep Disorders

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Narcolepsy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

Are you having trouble sleeping? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!