Medical Minute: Sleep for adults

Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 3:11 PM CDT
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Many of our Medical Minutes focus on how to stay healthy throughout the day, but now it's time to look at how we're taking care of our bodies when we're not awake.

People spend one-third of their lives asleep, so it's important to make sure we're getting quality rest during that time.

Jutta Schmidt is one of the sleep technologists at Trinity Health. She studies what it means to get a good night's sleep.

“The number one reason people come into the sleep center is because they're tired,” Schmidt said.

It's true that adults need less sleep than teens or children, but it's still recommended adults get in between seven to nine hours of sleep.

But that doesn't always guarantee you won't be tired the next day.

“If you are getting seven to nine hours of sleep and you're still feeling tired during the day then, you need to look at the quality of your sleep,” Schmidt said.

Poor-quality sleep can be caused by a number of environmental factors, including technology in the bedroom.

“Our electronics being phones, tablets, even a TV in the bedroom ,and that really interferes with our sleep as well,” Schmidt said.

And if you're still drowsy, it could be an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

If you feel you might have a sleep disorder you can talk to you physician about setting up a sleep study at Trinity's sleep center.