"Work Hard, Sleep Harder" - Tips from a Sleep Expert

September 05, 2017 Ashley Beyer of KUTV News 2

Pediatric Sleep Issues, Sleep, Sleep Apnea, Adult Sleep Issues

Dr. Sujay Kansagra is a sleep health consultant for Mattress Firm, the director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and the author of the book “My Child Won’t Sleep.” Dr. Kansagra specializes in treating a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and parasomnias. 

Fresh Living Host, Kari Hawker-Diaz, talked with Dr. Kansagra about a new study about how the quality of sleep you get may be determined by the amount of stress in your day, your mattress, and your ability to relax.

With overscheduled days, full of endless to-do lists, managing playdate schedules and trips to the grocery store, it’s impossible to avoid the stress that comes with working hard. According to a 2016 study, Americans work 25% more than Europeans. Couple that with overscheduled “free” time and messages that demonize the importance of sleep and it is no wonder that many Americans are carrying around sleep debt.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that the average adult gets 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Simply put, sleep makes our work – and our lives – better. Mattress Firm recently conducted ‘Dozed and Confused: Why Americans Have Trouble Sleeping,’ a study designed to show how much the little choices you make each day can affect your sleep health. Among the findings, those who are stressed are:

  • 60% more likely to watch TV an hour before bed.
  • More than twice as likely to post to social media an hour before bed.
  • Twice as likely to check email an hour before bed.
  • More than 40% more likely to sleep with their phone next to their bed.

For more information or to find yourself a better mattress, go to MattressFirm.com.

Source: KUTV News 2 - Salt Lake City, UT

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