Everyone needs to get a good night's rest on a regular basis. Without it, you feel tired the next day and can't perform daily tasks as well. Getting too little sleep for weeks or months increases the risk for automobile accidents and work-related injury (especially if you work in a dangerous job).
Sleep requirements vary from person to person, but an average adult needs about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, and children need even more. About 40% of adults get less than 7 hours of sleep a night.
Unfortunately, very few people with sleep difficulties talk to their doctors about it. If you have a sleep disturbance, it may represent an underlying medical or psychological problem that can be solved. And, if you get proper help for a sleep disorder, you may be more productive, happier, and healthier.
Take this assessment to see if you have a disturbed sleep pattern. The answers here will help you understand what might cause your sleep problems and offer suggestions for how to get more rest.
|Reviewed By:||Steven Rapaport, MD, American Board of Internal Medicine Certified, Primary care physician, Meuchedet Health Plan, Tel Aviv, Israel. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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