The Importance Of A Good Night's Sleep

Doctors recommend that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

But sometimes that doesn't happen.

I spoke with a clinical sleep educator and she told me that getting into a routine sleep pattern is good for your body.

But I thought, what about those who can't go to bed at the same time -  EMT's for example?

That's when I met Daniel Henke and he tells me how he manages his sleep schedule.

"A nap would be great right now," said Daniel Henke, EMT/Paramedic Student.

If you catch yourself feeling tired often, it could be from the amount of sleep you're getting or not getting.

"We need to sleep. Our bodies require sleep to survive," said Mary Sather, Clinical Sleep Educator.

For Daniel Henke,  7 or 8 hours of sleep isn't always possible.

"I get done with work at six change shirts into my students shirt and then I become a paramedic student from 6pm until 6am," said Henke.

Some days he ends up working 2 shifts; one day shift as an EMT and another night shift as paramedic student, leaving him at the office for 22 hours sometimes.

"You need to just get all the sleep that you can," said Sather.

And that could be as simple as a nap.

"I sleep when I can so usually a 20 minute cat nap I've learned can make me be productive for about 4 hour time period"

But Mary Sather says that if you're getting all your hours of sleep, taking naps during the day isn't neccessary.

"If you find you're needing a nap every day you may have some type of disturbance in your night time sleep," said Sather.

When Daniel has the day off or doesn't have to work 2 shifts, that's when he takes advantage of getting a full night's rest.

"It's rejuvenating, it's refreshing," said Henke.

Because if you get too far behind with sleep.
"Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke," said Sather.

It could lead to some health problems.

"It's very important," said Sather.

So, say your goodnights..

Crawl into bed and close your eyes.

So, that tomorrow morning you wake up feeling ready for the day ahead."

It's also recommended that teens get 9 hours, 5-12 year olds get 10 to 11 hours of sleep, and kids younger than that should get anywhere from 11 to 13 hours.

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