National Sleep Awareness week is March 3-10. This campaign marks the health benefits of sleep. Everyone needs sleep, but how much do you know about it? For example, contrary to popular belief, older adults do not need LESS sleep. As we age, our sleep requirements remain similar to those of younger adults. Less sleep or poor sleep is not a part of normal aging, and can lead to frequent tiredness and attention and memory problems. SAMC's comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center was designed for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related disorders, and is accredited by the American Sleep Disorders Association.
Sleep is important for healthy living and can make a difference in how you feel any time of year, yet many people don't give much consideration to the quality and duration of a good night's sleep. Although millions of people suffer from sleep disorders, 95 percent are undiagnosed. Common symptoms of lack of sleep include fatigue, blurry vision and irritability. A chronic lack of sleep can trigger the development of serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, depression and hypertension.
Individuals between the ages of 32 and 59 who sleep less than six hours a day have a risk for high blood pressure more than double that of their peers. Increasing the amount and quality of sleep may lower blood pressure in people younger than age 60. Men with obstructive sleep apnea may be at an even greater risk for high blood pressure. Proper treatment for sleep disorders can improve a person's quality of life and health. SAMC's Sleep Disorders Center provides diagnostic testing by skilled experts whose goal is to make a meaningful difference by improving the sleep of those they serve. To learn more about sleep apnea, call us at 1-800-248-2771.