Sleep Awareness week is not to only promote healthy habits for sleeping, but to aware others of the many disorders and behaviors that are associated with sleeping and to educate others as well. Did you know that 48% of Americans say they do not get enough sleep, but less than of them take one specific action to help get better sleep?
Common Disorders associated with Sleep
•Sleepwalking – occurs during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other behaviors while sleeping. It is more common in children between the ages of three and seven and occurs with children who experience sleep apnea.
•Insomnia – is the difficulty of falling sleep or staying sleep when given the opportunity. There is acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Acute is brief and occurs normally due to life circumstances. Chronic is when the patient or individual experiences insomnia at least 3 times a week for a month or longer.
•Sleep Apnea – is a disorder where breathing is briefly interrupted while your sleeping
•Narcolepsy – is a neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to control sleep-wake cycles normally, often associated with sleep attacks.
Recommended Hours of Sleep
• For adults – seven to nine hours
• For teenagers (12 to 18 years old) – nine and half hours
• For children (7 to 12 years old) - ten to twelve hours
• For children (3 to 6 years old) – ten to twelve hours
• For children (1 to 3 years old) – twelve to fourteen hours
• For infants (1 -12 months) – fourteen to fifteen hours
5 Ways to Improve your Bedtime Routine
• Make your bedroom about sleep only
• Stick to a sleep schedule and be sure to follow every routine
• If you are experiencing back pain when you wake up, its best to put a pillow between your legs to align your hips and to put less stress on your lower back
• Be consistent and go to bed the same time every night, will help your body’s circadian rhythm to adjust
• Turning everything off, such as your television and turning you brightest down on your phone