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A good night’s sleep is something that most of us take for granted. But for millions of Americans, getting a good night’s sleep and waking up rested can be extremely difficult. It is estimated that up to one-third of all American adults suffer from some form of a sleep disorder or disturbance.

  • While you sleep, your body repairs tissues, builds up muscles and restores energy levels.
  • Adults should aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a day or 8-9 hours when training heavily.
  • Teens need 8-9 hours of sleep a day.
  • Children need at least 9-10 hours of sleep a day.

While many of these disturbances are minor, some, such as sleep apnea, chronic insomnia, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy can have serious repercussions. These can range from excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue to hypertension, heart disease and, in some cases, even death. Fortunately, most sleep disorders are readily treatable once they are diagnosed.

If you think you or someone you know is suffering from a sleep disorder, contact your physician to determine if a referral to the Sleep Center is necessary.

Information on CaroMont Health’s Sleep Center can be found by following the link below: