You’re turning in early. You’re getting a solid eight hours. You’re even sleeping in to score some extra Zzzzzs on the weekends. So why are you waking up feeling sluggish, moody and less-than-refreshed? Because when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sleep quality is as important as quantity.
Start by asking yourself the following questions:
Do I…
If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, it may be time to learn more about why numbers are only part of this particular equation.
  • Good sleep promotes peak performance and productivity; it also helps you fight off infection, stay at a healthy weight and lower your risk of getting a chronic disease.
  • Poor sleep, by contrast, has been linked with high blood pressure, cognitive difficulties, stroke, diabetes, heart failure, depression and, no surprise here: accidents.
So what can you do in addition to getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night? According to Amanda Cuda, MD, MPH, Medical Director at 98point6, you can start by being more mindful of the impact certain lifestyle factors have on sleep quality, like alcohol and screen time. “With overuse of alcohol, the quality of sleep goes down and the risks of sleep deficiency go up,” says Dr. Cuda. “Screen time in bed has a similar effect, since the brain cannot effectively detach from stimulating input so close to hitting the hay.”
In addition to the symptoms and signs you may have checked off above, consider asking:helpful-sleep-quality-questionsOverall, if you’re feeling less-than-stellar during the day and tossing and turning more at night, check in with your PCP or a 98point6 physician for guidance. We hope this inspires you to start looking forward to better nights ahead.