World Sleep Day aims to increase awareness of the significance of maintaining sleep health

World Sleep Day aims to increase awareness of the significance of maintaining sleep health

Following the time change in March, sleep problems can persist for weeks or even months. Improving your sleep on World Sleep Day is essential, especially since only 16% of people reported getting a good night’s sleep every night in a recent survey. Countries like Japan, the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia reported the worst sleep quality. The 2024 State of Sleep report by U.S. News & World Report highlighted that 21% of Americans rarely or never wake up feeling rested.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is beneficial to make up for small amounts of lost sleep on weekends by getting an extra hour or two of rest. However, trying to compensate for a significant sleep deficit accumulated throughout the week in just two days is unlikely to be entirely effective. Before resorting to medication or sleep aids, it is important to consult with a doctor as these solutions may lead to tolerance or grogginess the next day. Melatonin is a hormone that signals the brain that sleep time is approaching and is sometimes used as a sleep supplement. However, caution is advised, especially in children, as there have been cases of melatonin overdose in kids.

The regulation of melatonin supplements by the FDA is not as strict as it is with medications, and some products have been found to be inaccurately labeled in terms of dosage. Teens are increasingly turning to sleep medication, with about 1 in 5 reporting using it at least once a week. To improve sleep quality before considering using aids, develop good sleep habits such as avoiding screens in bed and maintaining consistent sleep and wake times. It is crucial to consult with a doctor before taking any sleep aids, especially after attempting other methods to improve sleep quality.

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