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The Importance of Healthy Sleep

Millions of Americans are not getting the sleep they need - between seven and nine hours each night. Poor sleep takes a toll on nearly every aspect of daily living, from personal relationships, to performance in the workplace, according to the Sleep in America poll released by the National Sleep Foundation. Everyone needs sleep. It's a basic necessity of life, as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water. When sleep is inhibited, the health consequences can be devastating.

Dr. Everett Trevor, founder of Redding’s first fully accredited Sleep Center in Redding, notes, “Getting enough continuous quality sleep contributes to how we feel and perform each day. Sleep impacts the overall quality of our life and health. Insufficient sleep may make it difficult to exercise, can reduce the benefit of hormones released during sleep and increases the risk obesity and heart attack."

Some steps that can be taken to promote healthy sleep habits include:
  • Exercise regularly, but complete your workout at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Establish a regular relaxing, not alerting, bedtime routine (e.g. taking a bath or relaxing in a hot tub).
  • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and preferably cool and comfortable.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Tobacco can endanger your health and should not be used. It also contains nicotine which has stimulating effects and may keep you awake.
  • Do not go to bed too full or too hungry.

If you have questions about better sleep health, have a conversation with your health care provider or call RESTA Sleep Disorders Center for more information at (530) 242-6821.

Resta is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Accreditation ensures that you have access to the most current standards of care.

Medical Director, Everett Trevor, M.D. is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine.

This means our programs are guided by additional, focused study and training in the specialty of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Trevor’s commitment to helping patients with sleep disorders has endured since 1993.

He helped found the North State’s first Sleep Center.