May 12, 2015

12 Habits of Highly Healthy People: Habit 5

By nicoleblock

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We are making the commitment to your personal health! Over the course of the next year, you will be introduced to 12 healthy habits. Some of these, you may already practice! Our goal is to help you gradually incorporate each habit into your life to reap the benefits. This month, "Adequate Sleep” is Habit #5. It is recommended that you aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. We asked Michael H. Silber, M.B., Ch.B., and Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, for his expert insight. He says, "There are some medical disorders that can disturb sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is especially common in over-weight older men. Answering a few simple questions can determine if you are at risk from having sleep apnea. Does your bed partner or an observer note loud snoring? Have you been heard to stop breathing at times during the night? Do you wake yourself up choking? Are you sleepy during the day? If some of these questions are answered “yes”, you may have obstructive sleep apnea, a dis-order in which the throat closes many times a night while you sleep, preventing adequate oxy-gen reaching the brain. Discuss it with your health care provider. Effective treatments are available!”

Here are some areas you can look into if you aren't getting adequate sleep:New Picture (5)
• Consider sleep for weight management.
• Stick to a regular bed and wake time.
• Be physically active.
• Use the summer sun to your advantage.
• Watch what you’re drinking.
• Shut your mind off.
• Unplug.

Looking for more opportunities to explore? The Patient Education Center offers a 60-minute Healthy Sleep Class on the importance of sleep, how it can affect your health, and strategies to enhance sleep.

Mayo employees, spouses, and colleagues are welcome to join the challenge anytime throughout the year by emailing us at

Tags: 12 habits, Adequate Sleep, Blog, Blog, Healthy Habits, Healthy People, Highly Healthy People

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