According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one out of every three Americans are not getting the sleep they need each night.

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to share how you can get your family on a better sleep schedule during Family Wellness Month this May.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

Sleep isn’t just important for our physical health. It is vital for our mental health, too.

When we suffer from sleep deprivation, we increase our risk of experiencing a number of health issues, including memory issues, trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, weight gain, poor balance and weakened immunity, among others.

Getting enough sleep, on the other hand, can help boost your health in a variety of ways.

Benefits of Sleep

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve memory
  • Help you lose weight
  • Prevent cancer
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower your risk of depression

What Steps Do You Need to Take to Improve Your Nighttime Routine?

If you aren’t getting the amount of sleep you need, which varies depending on your age, a solid bedtime routine can make a huge difference.

With a consistent bedtime routine, you’re setting yourself—and your family members—up for success when it comes to sleep.

Keys to a Bedtime Routine

  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Wake up at the same time each morning.
  • Stop drinking caffeine several hours before bedtime.
  • Turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bed.
  • Set the bedroom temperature to a cooler setting, with 68 degrees being ideal.

Are you having trouble sleeping? Talk to a physician at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today to learn how you can start getting the sleep you need sooner rather than later.