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When No Snooze Is Bad News

Refreshing sleep is of huge importance when staying healthy. The aim of Sleep Awareness Week, being observed this week at Penn College, is to raise awareness about how poor sleep can disrupt our lives, while encouraging people to establish better sleeping patterns.

Risk of "drowsy driving" just one risky symptom of a sleep deficit
Risk of “drowsy driving” just one risky symptom of a sleep deficit

As with diet and exercise, sleep is crucial to our physical, emotional and mental health. The consequences of poor sleep include reduced concentration, mood swings, irritability, stress and a weakened immune system. In severe cases, poor sleep may be linked to serious problems including depression, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

Although many factors can disrupt sleep patterns, some of the most common include alcohol, nicotine and substance use; caffeine intake too close to bedtime; and environmental factors, including room temperature, ongoing use of mobile devices, light levels, humidity, bedding and noise.

For the most part, better sleep can be achieved through changes in lifestyle and the way we think about things. Sleep Awareness Week helps to make us aware of any poor sleeping habits that we may have. Be on the lookout throughout the week for information about sleep-related problems.

In the meantime, if you have been experiencing difficulties related to your sleep, Penn College Counseling Services can help you address many personal problems that may be causing you stress.

Consider making an appointment today at 570-327-4765,