What’s Your Sleep Number Most Nights? ARH Sleep Centers Can Help


According to the National Sleep Foundation, there is a recommended number of hours that you should sleep each night to maintain good health.  Therefore, it’s important to ask yourself this question: what’s my sleep number most nights?

The National Sleep Foundation recently revised the recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups. A summary of the new recommendations includes:

Newborn (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (previously: 12-18 hours)

Infant (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously: 14-15 hours)

Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously: 12-14 hours)

Preschooler (3-5 years): 10-13 hours (previously: 11-13 hours)

School-age child (6-13 years): 9-11 hours (previously: 10-11 hours)

Teen (14-17 years): 8-10 hours (previously: 8½-9½ hours)

Young adult (18-25 years): 7-9 hours (new category)

Adult (26-64 years): 7-9 hours (no change)

Older adult (65+ years): 7-8 hours (new category)

Although we know sleep is important, a good night's sleep can be elusive even when we have the time to devote to it. For one reason or another, many people cannot get the kind of deep, restorative rest they need.

Seven out of every 10 Americans get out of bed in the morning unraveled and unrestored. Sometimes their sleep is disrupted because of life's stresses, illness, lifestyle excesses or personal physical makeup. Untreated, these issues over time can develop into a chronic and serious disorder. Too often we tend to think that's just the way it is. But it doesn't have to be.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has Sleep Centers in Middlesboro, West Liberty and Whitesburg, Ky. as well as Beckley, WVa.  At ARH Sleep Centers, we diagnose and treat common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy. In our state-of-the-art Sleep Centers, we have helped hundreds of people overcome a sleep disorder and achieve the consistent, restorative rest they need for good health.

When you come to an ARH Sleep Center, we will settle you into a specially equipped diagnostic suite from which our board-certified sleep technologists monitor you as you sleep. We provide comfortable beds and private bathrooms. You can wear your favorite sleep clothes, have your favorite book or magazine by your side and even watch television to help you fall asleep--almost as if you were in your own bedroom.

Take this quiz to help determine if it’s time to talk to your healthcare provider about a sleep study.



Sleep Questionnaire

1. Do you frequently have trouble getting back to sleep when you wake up at night?
Yes No

2. Do you more often than not wake up gasping for breath?
Yes No

3. Does your bed partner complain that your snoring keeps them awake?
Yes No

4. Have you fallen asleep driving?
Yes No

5. Do you frequently wake up because of vivid dreams?
Yes No

6. Does it usually take you a long time to fall asleep?
Yes No

7. Do you feel sleepy during the day even though you have had a good night's sleep?
Yes No

8. Do you notice that you are ill-tempered when you can't sleep?
Yes No

9. Do you regularly wake up early and can't get back to sleep?
Yes No

10. Do you regularly wake up feeling stiff and achy?
Yes No

If you answered "yes" to two or more of the quiz questions, ask your healthcare provider about a sleep study. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep! Go to www.arh.org for ARH Sleep Center information.

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