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World Sleep Day highlights the significance of maintaining good sleep health

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 16, 2024
World Sleep Day highlights the significance of maintaining good sleep health

Following the daylight saving time change in March, many people experience sleep problems that can last for weeks or even months. This World Sleep Day, it’s important to focus on improving your sleep quality.

A global survey revealed that only 16% of people get a good night’s sleep every night of the week. Countries like Japan, the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia reported the worst sleep quality. In the U.S., 21% of Americans rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 State of Sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends trying to catch up on sleep whenever possible, even if it’s just an hour or two over the weekends. However, trying to make up for a significant sleep deficit accumulated over the week in just two days may not be fully effective.

Consult with your doctor before considering medication or sleep aids. It’s important to be cautious because these can lead to tolerance build-up or grogginess the next day. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body to signal sleep time and is sometimes used as a supplement. However, there have been cases of melatonin overdose in children, so it’s crucial to use it with caution.

The regulation of melatonin supplements by the FDA is not as strict as that of drugs, and some supplements have been found to inaccurately label their dosage. A study found that about 1 in 5 teens take sleep medication at least once a week, despite 4 out of 5 teens admitting they don’t get enough sleep.

Before turning to any sleep aid, it’s essential to establish good sleep habits, such as avoiding screens in bed and maintaining consistent sleep and wake times. Always consult your doctor before trying any sleep aid.

By Samantha Johnson

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