Advertisement

In stressful times, don't ignore sleep

March 01, 2009|By DR. SHAHEEN IQBAL

According to the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America Poll on "Sleep and Healthy Behaviors" released last week, Americans are losing sleep over the economy. Worse yet, they are compounding their sleep loss with other unhealthy behaviors, such as avoiding exercise and not following a proper diet.

We at The Sleep-Breathing Disorders Center see sleep disorders on a daily basis from patients in our community. Our health professionals continually educate patients about the importance of maintaining good sleep, diet and exercise habits.

These factors are essential to healthy people and a healthy nation and are also central to avoiding long-term chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

The National Sleep Foundation's objective in conducting the poll is to evaluate Americans' sleep habits and to raise an awareness of the fundamental role sleep plays in health and well-being.

Advertisement

The poll coincided with breaking news on the nation's worsening economy. It's a troubling time for many in our community, but people should not overlook nature's basic restoration mechanism of sleep.

Dr. Shaheen Iqbal is the director at The Sleep-Breathing Disorders Center in Hagerstown. To reach him, call him at 301-733-5971.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|