It’s no secret that more Americans are losing sleep — perhaps more than ever before.
The hustle of modern life, our constant connection to screens, and increasing stress levels: All these factors have contributed to a crisis of sleep across the country.
In fact, about 50 million to 70 million people in the U.S. have ongoing sleep disorders, representing 9-15% of all U.S. adults, according to the Sleep Foundation. It’s clear that there’s been a stark increase in the prevalence of sleep disorders across the U.S.
But why is this issue escalating, and how can practices like Sleep Houston help you?
One of the leading causes of disrupted sleep is clearly our changing lifestyles. While the specific factors may differ from patient to patient, there’s no doubt that common contributors to poor sleep include:
- High-stress jobs
- Long working hours
- Irregular work schedules
- Lack of physical activity
Excessive screen time, particularly before bed, also interferes with our bodies’ natural sleep cycles. The blue light emitted from devices like cellphones and computers suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. This often leads to difficulties in falling — and staying — asleep.
Health conditions are another significant contributor for those facing chronic issues with sleep.
Chronic conditions like asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental health disorders can all contribute to a lack of sufficient rest.
Furthermore, sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome are becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans each year, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Lack of Awareness
From a broader perspective, lack of awareness and undiagnosed sleep disorders are also major obstacle to getting better rest.
Many people don’t realize they have a sleep disorder. Other times, they underestimate the impact that poor sleep can have on their overall health and wellbeing.
Sleep apnea, for example, often goes undiagnosed. Why? Well, because its symptoms (breathing repeatedly stopping and starting) occur during sleep.
Left untreated, sleep apnea often leads to worrisome health complications, including heart disease and stroke.
Schedule a Consultation Today
At Sleep Houston, we understand the consequences of sleep disorders.
We offer a simple online screening test at Sleep Houston to find out if you have a sleep breathing disorder.
Contact our office today at 713-828-8587 to schedule an appointment. At Sleep Houston, we believe that everyone deserves a good night of sleep. Let us help you find the rest you need and deserve. Request a consultation today.