The Story of Sleep

Why do you need sleep? Sleep is not merely a "break" time between busy routines. Sleep is essential to physical and emotional health.

Adequate sleep helps bodies recover from illness and injury an carries mental benefits as well. With enough sleep it's easier to concentrate, accomplish tasks and handle minor annoyances. Not enough sleep can impair ability in regard to memory, learning, logical reasoning and mathematical calculations.

Even occasional sleeping problems can make life feel more stressful or make us less productive at work. Insufficient sleep can strain relationships and can lead to dangerous fatigue-related accidents.

What are the biggest sleep stealers? Psychological factors, lifestyle stresses, shift work, environmental interference, physical factors, medications.

How much sleep is enough? Sleep needs vary. You probably aren't getting enough sleep if you:

  • Tend to get drowsy during dull or monotonous situations
  • Are unreasonably irritable with co-workers, family or friends 
  • Have difficulty concentrating or remembering facts. 

So what's the secret to good sleep? Your physician is your best source for advice if sleeping problems persist for more than a week, or if your sleepiness interferes with how you feel or function during the day.

In many cases, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes that can help promote sleep. But lifestyle changes alone may not be enough. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications that can offer short-term relief from lack of rest.

Or, your physician may recommend that you undergo diagnostic sleep testing. Evaluation for sleep problems is available at Fairview Range Medical Center Sleep Study Department.

Are you getting enough sleep? Close to one-third if all adults have occasional or frequent complaints about sleep. The quality of our sleep has a direct impact on the quality of our life. Few people, however, recognize the importance of adequate rest, or are aware that effective methods of preventing and managing insomnia now exist.

Contact Us

Talk to your physician about your sleep concerns. To find out more about our Sleep Disorder Center, call 218-362-6558 or 888-870-8626 ext 6558.

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