Overview

Good sleep is necessary for good health.  However, sleep problems such as sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome, are common. A lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can impact not just your health, but your mood as well.  Adults typically need 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night.

A lack of sleep may lead to diabetes, obesity, memory issues, depression, and a general weakening of your immune system which increases your chance of becoming sick.  For people with chronic pain, sleep deprivation increases the perception of pain and therefore the severity of the pain.

In addition to impacting your health, lack of sleep is dangerous.  Sleep-deprived people have poor hand-eye coordination and may be at higher risk of auto accidents.

So if you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night, if you wake up too early or have a hard time waking up at all, or if you are overly tired during the day, you may have a sleep disturbance that requires medical attention.

To learn more about sleep, visit:

WebMD

National Sleep Foundation