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The Need for Sleep

During normal sleep our body not only gets rest from the physical exertions of the day, it also goes to work repairing and healing. From emotional issues and mental challenges to processing body chemicals, our sleep time is invaluable to our overall well-being.

In order to receive optimum results from sleep, our bodies need to cycle completely through REM and deep sleep several times a night. When these cycles are interrupted prematurely or continually throughout the night, short term consequences such as daytime grogginess, an inability to focus, slower response times, headaches and increased feelings of stress and anxiety can occur. Over longer periods of time, interrupted sleep cycles can result  in an increased risk of serious disease (see sidebar), psychological issues and/or an inability to function physically.

How much sleep do you really need?

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), we need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep depending on a number of factors. Prolonged sleep deprivation (less than 6 hours) begins to affect our ability to function in a few days and can begin to impact health within a few weeks. 

Read more on sleep at the National Sleep Foundation website. 

Sleep Quiz

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?

  • Sitting & reading ______
  • Watching TV ______
  • Sitting, inactively in public (at the movies, in a meeting or similar situation) _____
  • As a car passenger for an hour ________
  • Lying down in the afternoon ________
  • Sitting & talking to someone ________
  • Sitting quietly after lunch ________
  • In a car, stopped a few minutes in traffic ______

If you answered YES to 4 or more of these questions, you are excessively sleepy! See a sleep physician or contact our Dental Sleep Center for further assessment.

For tips on getting a good night’s sleep click here.

Studies show lack of sleep leads to increased risk of: 

Heart disease
High blood pressure
Obesity
Stroke
Depression
Diabetes
Erectile dysfunction
Mental illness
Slow response times

Did you know . . . 

Drowsy Driving
30% of the population has fallen asleep behind the wheel of their car or truck while driving

Snoring
If your sleep partner consistently wakes you during the night, the impact on your health is the same as if you were the person suffering from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea

(c) 2013 Thomas J. Honl, Advanced TMD & Sleep Center
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