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Avoid Sleep Deprivation

The Importance of Sleep for Optimum Mental, Physical and Emotional Health

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When a busy military spouse needs to carve more time into her day the first thing she'll usually sacrifice is adequate sleep – that is if she was getting enough ZZZ's to begin with. Sound familiar? If you're nodding your head (no pun intended) you're not alone. According to the CDC, 50 to 70 million Americans don't get enough sleep.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?
To achieve optimum mental, physical and emotional health, the National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Sleep Deprivation Hazards and Side Effects
Besides diminished alertness and feeling fatigued and cranky throughout the day, sleep deprivation has many other side effects. Potential health hazards include an increased risk of:

  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity that Leads to Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure

Reasons for Sleep Deprivation
There are numerous reasons why military spouses aren't getting adequate sleep. Besides health conditions such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome many other factors wreak havoc on sleep schedules.

Issues such as deployments, being the primary caregiver to a newborn or infant, anxiety, inability to fall asleep and over scheduling are among the most common causes for sleep deprivation.

Getting adequate sleep is crucial to your overall health and well-being. If you're struggling with insomnia or sleep deprivation and the condition has been ongoing, please consult your health care provider. Help is available. All you need to do is ask.

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