Not getting enough solid sleep is a common issue for many people. During each appointment, I ask my patients about their sleep. I’m curious how many hours they sleep, is their sleep solid or interrupted, do they have difficulty falling or staying asleep, do they experience vivid dreams, and do they feel well rested in the morning.
As many of us have experienced, when we don’t get a good night’s rest, it negatively impacts our minds, our emotions, and our physical bodies the next day. More importantly, when poor sleep becomes habitual, it greatly increases our chances of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea, a condition where one’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease.