Do you think you get enough sleep nightly? According to The United Health Foundation 33.2% of people in Texas report getting less than 7 hours of sleep most nights, just above the United States’ average of 32.3%. Continuing at a national level, 40% of us reportedly fall asleep during the day at least once a month and 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
Insufficient sleep can have an impact on both personal health and productivity as well as our overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve your sleep – starting with seeing a sleep doctor!
Insufficient Sleep Is Common In Texas
Not getting enough sleep is quite common amongst Texas residents as the percentage of residents who report inadequate sleep falls above the national average.
Stress, infrequent activity, an unhealthy diet, frequent concerns about money, and other potentially unhealthy living habits can make getting seven to eight hours of sleep difficult for many individuals. Getting enough sleep can still be quite difficult for people who do not exhibit any of these habits. Prioritizing sleep in your life can be an important step to feeling better.
Common Health Concerns Associated With Insufficient Sleep in Texas
Not getting enough sleep can cause issues that range from minor irritations to major health concerns like heart disease and stroke. It can also pose significant dangers to yourself and the people around you, like falling asleep at the wheel or while a stove is on in the house. Thus, a widespread lack of sleep in a particular area can be a major public health concern.
Some other common concerns that are often connected to frequently getting poor sleep or too little sleep include:
- Problems with cognition, metabolism, the immune system, regulating emotions, and other everyday bodily functions that are essential to a healthy and productive lifestyle.
- An increased likelihood of developing depression, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions.
- Reduced productivity in the workplace or at school.
- More frequent motor vehicle accidents, medical errors, industrial accidents, and similar deadly mistakes that result from the lack of attention and alertness that may be caused by insufficient sleep.
Although sleeping can feel counterproductive when you have a long list of things to do, getting plenty of sleep makes it easier to be productive during the time that you are awake. Rather than struggling through more hours of getting less done, finding ways to improve your sleeping habits can help you get more accomplished in less time.
Ognomy Can Help You Get Better Sleep
Insufficient sleep can wreak havoc on your life, but you have options for improving both the quality of your sleep and the amount of sleep you get on an average night. If you would like to get more sleep, better sleep, or both, Ognomy is a simple, guided option for building better sleep habits right from your own bed.
This remote, digital platform, allows you to meet board-certified sleep doctors in a virtual visit through your phone or laptop, which means they can diagnose, test and treat you for sleep disorders all from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else you have internet).
Ognomy sleep doctors can work through your current sleep habits and identify changes that may make it easier to get the sleep you want, as well as prescribing easy to use sleep tests and personalized treatments that are sent directly to your home.
At Ognomy, we look forward to helping Texas residents (and all American residents) reduce sleepless nights and improve the quality of their lives.
If you happen to be a sleep medicine expert, we also have space available on our platform for you to help your fellow Texans throughout the state.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the benefits of using our platform or working with us.