Everyone needs to get a good night's rest on a regular basis. Without it, you feel tired the next day and not at your peak performance. In addition, ongoing sleeplessness increases the likelihood of automobile accidents and work-related injury (especially if you work in a dangerous occupation).
Sleep requirements vary from person to person, but an average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep each night, and children need even more. About 1 out of every 3 adults does not get the amount of sleep they need. Unfortunately, very few people with sleep difficulties actually talk to their doctors about it. If you have a sleep disturbance, it may represent an underlying medical or psychological problem that can be solved. And, if you get proper help for a sleep disorder, you may be more productive, happier, and healthier.
Take this assessment to see if you have a disturbed sleep pattern. The answers here will help you understand what might cause your sleep problems and offer some suggestions of how to get more rest.
|Reviewed By:||Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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