According to the American Psychological Association, sleep is vital to our health, safety and overall well-being. Sleep recharges the brain, allowing it to learn and make memories. Insufficient sleep has been linked to car crashes, poor work performance and problems with mood and relationships. Sleep deprivation also raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and stroke. If a person is having a “rare night of poor sleep”, that’s not a time to call the doctor. People should seek a doctor when they have prolonged sleepless nights and also sleepy days. If someone is more regularly having trouble falling and staying asleep, that’s the time to see the doctor.
Here are a few things you should make sure you’re doing before seeing someone about whether you have a sleeping disorder:
For more information on sleeping disorders, visit apa.org
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