Approximately 20% of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep on average, and the number of people who get 8 hours of more has decreased significantly over the past few years.
In general, you need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed and function at your best. There are of course variations to this rule, and some people naturally need more sleep than others; but for most people getting less than six hours sleep begins to cause a "sleep debt". For instance, studies have shown that missing out on the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep over a two-week period adds up to two full nights of lost sleep; if you're averaging only four hours per night, your brain reacts as though you haven't had any sleep at all for three days.
We are increasingly part of a "24/7" society, and recent studies show that these sleep deficits can be associated with with poor work performance, driving accidents, mood problems like anger and depression, and even more serious health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.
Part of the purpose of this website is to help educate our patients and the general public on the issues regarding healthy sleep. Please explore our links below for more information on how you can improve your sleep and your health.
• Have you been told that you snore?
• Do people tell you that you stop breathing or struggle to breathe in your sleep?
• Are you still tired when you wake up?
• Do your legs move and wake you up while you try to go to sleep?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, please take a moment and fill out our
After over five decades of medical service The Sadler Clinic closed in May 2012. This website provides information for previous patients and doctors.
If you have scheduled an appointment with CSMA and need to cancel or reschedule, please use the form below.
About Sleep Testing:
Sleep studies are a series of tests usually conducted in our lab that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is.
Dr. Simmons answers common questions from patients experiencing sleep related problems.
Learn more about healthy sleep practices and how you can improve your sleep habits.
A selection of educational videos presented by Dr. Simmons.