Lack of sleep can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s daily life. In fact, research has linked sleep deprivation to car accidents, relationship troubles, poor job performance, job-related injuries, and memory problems. Recent studies also suggest health issues, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and depression could be linked to lack of sleep. But how much sleep does a person need?
“On average, a person needs approximately seven and a half hours of good, quality sleep each night,” says Abdul Qadir, MD, neurologist on the medical staff of Houston Healthcare. “If a person doesn’t get an adequate amount of sleep each night, they aren’t able to function properly—physically, mentally or emotionally—and that inability continues to build the more nights they don’t sleep well.”
Most people don’t realize the benefits of sleep or how not getting enough can negatively impact their mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation lowers alertness and concentration, which can affect a person’s decision-making ability and reaction time. It can also impair memory and the ability to learn because nerve connections in the brain are strengthened during sleep. Lack of sleep can significantly alter a person’s mood making them irritable, angry and at greater risk for depression. Sleep-deprived people are also less likely than those who sleep well to take care of themselves through exercise, eating healthfully, and engaging in leisure or social activities because they are always tired.
“A sleepy person is easily confused, constantly losing, misplacing or forgetting things, easily distracted, and usually irritable, easily angered or stressed over minor problems,” explains Dr. Qadir. “If not dealt with, these issues can become a chronic way of life for someone suffering from a lack of sleep.”
According to Dr. Qadir, a person can determine if they are getting enough sleep by how they feel throughout the day. “You should feel energetic, not sleepy, when you wake up and feel tired at bedtime,” says Dr. Qadir. “Are you easily stressed? Are you having problems remembering things or staying focused? You are your best judge when it comes to your health.”
Houston Healthcare’s Sleep Labs
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, wake up too early or find it hard to wake up at all, or feel overly tired during the day? If so, you may be one of the 40 million Americans affected by a sleep disorder—a condition that affects how much and how well a person sleeps.
Sleep disorders interfere with a person’s normal pattern of sleep and can cause fatigue, anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate and memory loss. Unfortunately, 95 percent of people with sleep disorders don’t realize they have a problem. An overnight stay in a sleep lab may help identify what type of sleep disorder is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Houston Healthcare’s Sleep Labs are staffed by highly trained sleep technologists with more than 30 years of experience in diagnostic testing for sleep disorders. Conveniently located in Warner Robins and Perry, Houston Healthcare’s Sleep Labs offer patients individualized, personal attention in a cozy, secure, home-like environment. Using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, sleep technologists produce quality sleep study results, which are quickly interpreted by Board Certified physicians. To schedule an appointment, please call (478) 329-3200 or (866) 605-7565.
Houston Medical Center
1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia
Perry Hospital Sleep Lab
1120 Morningside Drive