Story by: Tracy Keller on January 13, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than one-third of adults in the United States get less than seven hours of sleep each night. When you aren’t getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, you could be putting yourself at risk for more than dark circles under your eyes.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic released findings earlier this month saying when you are just one to two hours short of the recommended hours of sleep; you are doubling your risk for a crash the next day.
The dangers of driving while sleepy are nothing new. A 2012 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that sleepiness is almost as risky as driving while intoxicated.
So if sleep is so important, why aren’t people getting enough?
“In today’s 24/7 world, we sometimes feel like we have to give up something to get in everything we want or need to do, but sleep is too important to sacrifice,” said Scott A. McClure, MBA, RRT, director, sleep medicine, Norton Healthcare.
If are having trouble getting the recommended hours of sleep, you may have poor “sleep hygiene.” Follow these guidelines to get better zzz’s at night:
If you are experiencing sleep-related issues on a regular basis, call one of two Norton Sleep Center locations – Norton Audubon Hospital at (502) 636-7459 or Norton Brownsboro Hospital at (502) 394-6370.
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