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  Shelby Leith   June 22, 2017   Sleep 0 Comments

Sleep soundly tonight

Velocity Care looks at the symptoms and causes of insomnia and the amazing benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Getting a good amount of sleep is important.

There is nothing better than lying in bed at night after a long day and drifting off to sleep. Unfortunately, for many, sleep isn’t something that comes easily. More than 70 million people in North America alone suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Whether you have difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep, sleep issues can pose a threat to your health and well-being and can cause numerous complications that affect you throughout your waking hours.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to be able to stay asleep throughout the night. It can take place over the course of just a few nights, or, for some, it’s a chronic problem that lasts for much longer periods of time. People who suffer from insomnia usually don’t get enough sleep at night or their sleep will be of very poor quality. They’ll wake in the morning feeling tired, and the fatigue affects them throughout their day. Many factors contribute to insomnia, one of the most common being stress or traumatic events.

Why is sleep important?

A good night’s rest is very important:

  • Sleep helps to restore and heal your body.
  • During sleep, your body repairs damaged cells, muscles and blood vessels.
  • Adequate sleep improves your recall abilities and enhances your mood.
  • A good night’s rest is important for helping you to concentrate, learn and remember new information and develop new skills.
  • Quality sleep helps you lose weight.
  • Sleep boosts your immune system and helps you fight off disease and illnesses.

Doctors recommend that you get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. People plagued with insomnia usually aren’t getting anywhere close to that amount. A chronic lack of sleep is directly linked to weight gain, depression, an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, an increased risk for diabetes and poor glucose metabolism and a weakened immune system, not to mention extreme fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

What is the best treatment for insomnia?

There are many treatment options for someone who suffers from chronic sleeplessness. Your doctor may prescribe medication that improves the quality and duration of your sleep, or you can try a sleep device, such as a CPAP machine, that helps with problems such as sleep apnea.

There are other techniques you can try at home that might bring restful nights back into your life:

  • Reduce stress through breathing techniques, yoga or meditation.
  • Set a regular bedtime routine.
  • Lower bedroom temperature at night.
  • Reduce light levels during sleep. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and avoid artificial light sources for at least one hour before going to bed. You should avoid watching TV and using handheld devices as well, because the light these devices emit affects your sleep rhythm and causes sleep issues.

If sleeplessness is plaguing you, it's time to see a doctor so you can sleep soundly. A quick and stress-free visit to a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center is all you need to have better sleep tonight. Stop by a walk-in clinic near you in Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Bossier City, Louisiana; or Natchitoches, Louisiana, today.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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