How much sleep is enough? According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns typically need between 12 to 16 hours a day. School-age children require between 10 and 11, teenagers need a little over nine, and adults should average seven to nine hours. Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on your health in both the short and long term.

To help raise awareness of the importance of good sleep habits, The Sleep Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake will recognize March 5 to 11 as National Sleep Awareness Week. An on-line screening quiz is available on the hospital’s website at to learn more about how to get a good night’s rest, snoring, and sleep quality. For an informative overview on why sleep is important, facts about sleep disorders, and help for sleep problems visit

Inadequate sleep can harm your health, contribute to poor school or work performance, and increase the risk of injury. So if you want to get a better night’s rest and improve your sleep, here are a few tips to help you catch some more Zzzzzzs.

  • Go to bed only if you are sleepy.
  • Have a pre-sleep ritual that can help you relax.
  • Go to bed and get up at approximately the same time every day.
  • Exercise on a regular basis (but not right before going to bed).
  • Make your sleeping area quiet, dark and a little cool.
  • Avoid daytime naps if possible.
  • Have a small snack before bed so you do not go to bed hungry.

The Sleep Center at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake provides treatment designed to alleviate or prevent sleep disorders and help sufferers enjoy a good night’s rest. For more information about The Sleep Center, visit

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
214 324-6100

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