Sleep impacts every aspect of daily life, from your relationships with others to your nutrition, from your physical health to your career development. Yet in this day and age, society has glorified a lack of sleep as a “hard work ethic” and public health is facing the negative effects. In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on 6 hours or less of sleep per night; in 2018, it’s almost 50% of the population. With less sleep, we’re more at risk for stress, burnout, depression, anxiety disorders, stroke, and cardiovascular problems. It’s a common habit for people to suggest that they’ll make up for it over the weekend and “catch up on lost sleep”, however the solution is not that simple.
“Sleep debt” or “sleep deficit” is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep. This means that sleeping 5 or 6 hours on weekdays while sleeping in on the weekend doesn’t actually balance out your sleep schedule. It won’t help you feel more rested and can even have the opposite of the intended effect. Oversleeping can often contribute to grogginess throughout the day and is a sign of disordered sleep.
So how much sleep is ideal? The CDC recommends 7-9 hours for most adults. Getting a healthy amount of sleep can be achieved by adjusting your sleep schedule. If you’re struggling to do this, consider taking an online sleep screening. This is your first step to knowing if you’re being hindered by a sleep disorder. SleepMaster Solutions™ has a medical advisory team with well over 100 years of hands-on experience in the healthcare field. As the largest provider of sleep services in the nation, SleepMaster Solutions™ is equipped to walk you through every stage of evaluating and correcting your sleep habits.