👋 How Can We Help Make Health Care Better?
As millions of households across the U.S. spring forward for Daylight Saving Time, many Americans find themselves struggling to adjust to the shift in their sleep schedules. While most need only a few days to recover after the time change, springing forward reminds us just how important good sleep hygiene is — and how much of an impact quality of sleep has on our daily lives.
Perhaps that’s exactly why the National Sleep Foundation launched Sleep Awareness Week to coincide with Daylight Saving Time. Even losing just one hour of sleep can alter our brain performance and mood the next day. Poor sleep habits sustained over a long period of time can have a detrimental effect on our physical as well as mental wellbeing.
According to the National Institute of Health, sleep is just as important as exercise and diet for good health. Without regular quality sleep, we put ourselves at higher risk for a range of diseases and disorders, including heart disease, stroke, obesity and dementia1.
Getting a good night’s sleep is about more than just resting. Uninterrupted, adequate sleep allows the brain to remove potentially harmful toxins, while enabling the body to repair blood vessels and restore the immune system. Without enough quality sleep, these processes aren’t able to do their jobs properly, which leaves the brain and body vulnerable to illness1.
So how much sleep is enough to do the body good? The CDC recommends that adults get seven or more hours of sleep per night2. Still, 41% of adult women and 39% of adult men in the U.S. sleep six hours or less3. Getting enough quality sleep can be challenging, especially given the many distractions, responsibilities, and stressors of modern life.
Fortunately, there are some simple, practical steps you can take to improve both your quantity and quality of sleep. Start here.
If your sleep problems continue no matter what you try, reach out to your healthcare provider for help. There may be an underlying health issue impacting your sleep. Some health plans may also offer resources and tools to help you track, manage and improve your sleep hygiene and habits. If you’re interested in learning more about sleep, download our infographic here.
If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to health coverage that includes sleep quality, we’ll help you find it. Call us at (800) 467-4898. We sleep better at night knowing you’re healthier and happier.