March 11, 2014
About one-third of American adults do not get adequate sleep needed for good health, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Dr. Muhammad Siddique, assistant professor of pulmonary medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says continually getting less sleep than is needed can lead to health problems.
“... It can cause different problems which include both physical as well as psychological. In physical, it can cause disorders like carotid disease. It can cause atrial fibrillation, heart disease. It can cause strokes. Then mentally, it can cause anxiety. It can cause depression and it can cause other disorders.”
Dr. Siddique says seven to eight hours of sleep per day is recommended for most adults. People working the night shift or a rotating shift often have problems getting enough sleep. He explains some other reasons people don’t get the recommended amount of sleep.
“... I think the introduction of smart phones into our bedrooms, the interruptions that we have during the sleep is another factor that can contribute to that. And then there are other problems like obstructive sleep apnea insomnia, which are inability to sleep or interruptions to the sleep and then other factors like either exercising very close to bedtime or drinking too much coffee or caffeinated beverages close to bedtime . . .”
If someone in your family has sleep problems, they should see a primary care physician for evaluation and possible treatment. If the problem is severe, they may be referred to a sleep specialist.