More than one third of U.S. adults report insufficient sleep. Adequate sleep is often overlooked as a key component of good health.
According to the CDC, experts recommend that adults need at least 7 hours of sleep at night. More than one third of U.S. adults report insufficient sleep. Adequate sleep is often overlooked as a key component of good health.
Signs of poor sleep include:
• Waking frequently at night
• Feeling tired after waking up
• Experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders like gasping for air
Not getting enough sleep is more than an inconvenience. Lack of sleep is associated with many physical and mental health problems, including injury, chronic health conditions, and mortality. Insufficient rest is linked with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other age-related, chronic disorders. Four out of ten upstate New York adults aren’t getting enough sleep. That’s according to a survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
According to a 2019 survey of 2,004 upstate New York adults commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield:
Inadequate sleep can result from poor sleep habits or sleep disorders that interfere with consistently sleeping at least seven hours at night. Sleep problems can often be improved by adopting healthier sleep habits.
Tips for better sleep (according to the CDC)
If you’re still experiencing poor sleep, talk with your doctor. For more serious sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend consulting a sleep specialist.