While the talk around getting better sleep and understanding of how it significantly impacts our health has increased, Americans on average are still getting the same amount of sleep they were fifty years ago. It is estimated that nearly a third of people get less than seven hours of sleep in a given night. Everyone has different health needs, but getting less than the recommended amount can have poor outcomes. While times have changed, you might be surprised to find that common reasons adults do not get enough sleep are similar to that of fifty years ago.
Mental illnesses like anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and ADHD can play a huge part in lack of sleep. These often lead to a higher chance of insomnia, preventing you from falling asleep and staying asleep. Hypersomnia, which causes you to feel sleepy even if you get enough rest, can also be attributed to mental health. Lower levels of dopamine, which helps us feel happy and excited while supporting our ability to think and plan, can contribute significantly to depression and a disrupted sleep cycle.
Have you checked your sleep environment lately? A big factor in lack of sleep can be linked to the type of environment we sleep in. Too much light and too high of temperatures can cause challenges. Instead, opt for lower temperatures (the upper sixties are ideal) and turn off lamps, TVs, and phones.
If you are struggling significantly with falling asleep and staying asleep, contact your primary care services provider. At NeighborMD (MSO services), we are happy to schedule an appointment and answer any questions you have – call us at 888.501.1105.