Attention Deficit, obesity result from long-term sleep loss, Expert says

-Dr.Dianne McCallister, Chief Medical Officer at Centura's Porter Adventist Hospital

Did you get a good night's sleep last night?  

The National Transportation and Safety Board has conservative estimates that people driving while drowsy cause 100,000 auto accidents each year, resulting in 71,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities.   

In addition, there are other health and relationship consequences that many of us don't think about.

Many of us burn the candle at both ends and cheat our sleep time.   

Not getting adequate sleep has both short term and long term effects.

In the short term, we see such problems as decreased performance and alertness - even if you just lose 1 ½ hours of sleep, there can be a 32% reduction in your alertness


Short-Term effects:

  • Memory impairment
  • Relationship stress
  • Occupational injury


The good news is that these effects go away with adequate rest.

Long-Term effects:

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder and Mental Impairment
  • Fetal growth retardation


Simple Tips To Improve Your Sleep

  • Turn off cell phones, TV's or anything other electric device that gives off blue light - don't forget your clock.
  •  Reserve your bed for sleep and intimacy
  •  Avoid the temptation to nap during the day
  •  Keep the thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees
  •  Go to sleep - and wake up - at the same time every day
  •  Ban the caffeine after lunch
  •  Do vigorous exercise at least 4 hours prior to bedtime
  •  Alcohol may help you get to sleep - but you will also wake up more during the night - so use warm milk or chamomile tea at bedtime instead of alcohol
  •  Dim the lights in the house about 2 hours prior to your bedtime
  •  Use white noise like a fan

Dr. McCallister is on 7NEWS at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. If you have a topic or question you would like her to discuss, email 11am@thedenverchannel.com .

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