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Sleep health

Helping you get the sleep you need to stay healthy

The quality and amount of sleep you get could affect your career, emotional well-being and relationships with family and friends.

Just like healthy eating and exercise, quality sleep is important to your health. A lack of quality sleep can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and other serious health issues.

Sleep health conditions often present themselves much more differently in women than in men. While men may snore and gasp for breath, women’s symptoms aren’t as obvious but are just as important.

How much sleep do I need?

Although sleep needs vary from person to person, generally, most healthy adults need no more than seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you have some of the following problems, you may need more sleep, or a better quality of sleep, than you are getting:

  • Trouble staying alert during boring or monotonous activities
  • Tendency to be unreasonably irritable with co-workers, family or friends
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering facts

If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, schedule an appointment with a Novant Health doctor. They may also refer you to a Novant Health sleep specialist who can offer a wide range of diagnostic testing and therapy treatments specifically developed to help you get the sleep you need.