Sleep is as important to good health as diet and exercise. Quality sleep helps to improve cognitive function, cardiovascular health, and personal performance, to name a few. Not getting enough sleep can be a serious risk to your overall health and wellbeing. Today, forty-eight percent of Americans say they are sleep deprived. Chronic sleep loss, or poor sleep hygiene, can increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, weaken your immune system and even decrease your lifespan.
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It is natural to feel tired throughout the day however; it is possible that you can be too sleepy. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale helps determine if you are getting adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene or need to speak with a sleep specialist or your physician.
How likely are you to fall asleep or doze off in the following activities, in contrast to just feeling tired? Choose the appropriate number for each situation in reference to recent times. Once you have filled out the form, tally your total points and see how you scored using the results below:
Less than 8: Congratulations, you are getting adequate rest!
Between 8 and 11: You have mild sleepiness.
Between 12 and 15: You’re moderately sleepy and must reevaluate your sleep habits.
Between 16 and 24: You’re seriously sleep-deprived.
If you scored 12 or more you should work on improving your sleep hygiene. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for tips and facts on ways you can improve your sleep or visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained associates.