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How do you know when tired is too tired?

Do you think that everyone, except for you, hops out of bed bright eyed and bushy tailed? It’s not likely. The simple fact is that Americans, especially women, are tired because everyone is sleeping less than they used to.

In the past, individuals slept about 10 hours a day. People worked outside and worked in more physical jobs than we do today so their bodies demanded that amount of sleep. Today we are averaging about six hours of sleep a night, even though we need more. How can you tell if you’re falling into the category of the sleep-deprived American?

Here are a few telltale signs you’re not getting enough sleep:

  • Are you having trouble concentrating?
  • Do you have erratic mood swings?
  • Do you feel an overwhelming need to nap during the day?

If you find that tiredness is affecting your quality of life because it’s affecting the quality of your work and your ability to interact with family and coworkers, then you’re too tired.

Does sleep really matter?

Did you know that lack of sleep can lead to serious health conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Traffic accidents caused by drowsy drivers. It’s estimated that close to 100,000 accidents and 1,500 fatalities are caused by drowsy drivers annually

 Okay, so you’ve realized you have a sleep problem, what can you do about it?

  • Avoid caffeine
  • Get daily exercise so that you’re tired when bedtime rolls around. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime
  • If you must nap, only take a 20-minute nap
  • Avoid alcohol and sleep aids
  • Make your bedroom a welcoming refuge from the day and an environment that invites sleep
  • Set up a bedtime routine that invites restful thoughts and an even more restful sleep

If your bed partner says that you’re snoring or if you stop breathing during the night it could be a sign of a more severe sleep problem such as sleep apnea.

Having a night or two of insomnia or tossing and turning is likely not something to worry about but if it persists, you’ll want to consider meeting with a sleep specialist or your doctor.

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients.  Their Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists consist of experienced and knowledgeable physicians who provide expert advice across a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems.  They accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare.  For more information contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900; http://www.valleysleepcenter.com

Client Reviews

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ

"Great staff, they make you feel so at home. Every medical facility should be this nice. Felt like a nice hotel. Someone has great taste in decorating. Thanks for making us feel at home."

Steve N.

San Diego, CA

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ