Not getting enough sleep is linked with an increased risk for a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, and depression. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury; it is something people need for good health. Experts recommend at least 7 hours of sleep a day. These can help with sleep: pick a regular bed time, avoid caffeine and heavy meals 4-6 hours before bedtime, and exercise regularly (but not right before bed). Talk with your primary care provider if you regularly have trouble sleeping.
- For credible, on-demand information to help you learn how to effectively improve your sleep, WashU Sleep Medicine experts recommend the patient resources from the American Academy of Sleep Science. Check out several tools, including a bedtime calculator, sleep diary, videos, and more.
- Connect with a MyWay to Health wellness consultant regarding your goals to improve your sleep for guidance and accountability.
- See a WashU Sleep Medicine expert for a clinical evaluation of your sleep concerns.
Checkout curated and trusted health information from the Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center at the Bernard Becker Medical Library.