Sleep is a basic necessity of life, as fundamental to our health and well-being as air, food and water. According to a recent Gallup Poll conducted for the National Sleep Foundation, one out of every two people suffers from sleeplessness at some point in their lives, many of them chronically.
What happens when we’re deprived of the restful sleep we need? We’re less alert and attentive, more inclined to irritability and other mood problems that can make our relationships with family, friends and co-workers difficult. Our concentration and judgment suffer, our ability to perform even simple tasks declines, and our productivity is sabotaged. Sleeplessness, whether it’s the result of a sleep disorder or an overextended lifestyle, invites diminished quality of life and deteriorating health.
It’s estimated that 30-40 million Americans suffer from serious sleep disorders that undermine their sleep quality and their health. Are you one of them? If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor:
- Snoring interrupted by periods of silence
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Loss of energy, fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness
- Sexual Dysfunction
For more information, please call the Clearfield Hospital Sleep Studies Department at 814.768.2064.