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Sleep Resources

Why You Need to Get Enough Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults.

Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

The amount of sleep you need each day will change over the course of your life. Although sleep needs vary from person to person, the chart below shows general recommendations for different age groups.

Recommended Amount of Sleep

  • Newborns: 16–18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children: 11–12 hours a day
  • School-aged children: At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens: 9–10 hours a day
  • Adults: (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day

Sleep deficiency can cause you to feel very tired during the day. You may not feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. Sleep deficiency also can interfere with work, school, driving, and social functioning.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Problem Sleepiness?

How sleepy you feel during the day can help you figure out whether you're having symptoms of problem sleepiness. You might be sleep deficient if you often feel like you could doze off while:

  • Sitting and reading or watching TV
  • Sitting still in a public place, such as a movie theater, meeting, or classroom
  • Riding in a car for an hour without stopping
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after lunch
  • Sitting in traffic for a few minutes

Sleep deficiency can cause problems with learning, focusing, and reacting. You may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, remembering things, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. You may take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

Thoughts on Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep often is the first thing that busy people squeeze out of their schedules. Making time to sleep will help you protect your health and well-being now and in the future.

To improve your sleep habits, it also may help to:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. For children, have a set bedtime and a bedtime routine. Don't use the child's bedroom for timeouts or punishment.
  • Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends. Limit the difference to no more than about an hour. Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your body clock's sleep–wake rhythm.
  • Use the hour before bed for quiet time. Avoid strenuous exercise and bright artificial light, such as from a TV or computer screen. The light may signal the brain that it's time to be awake.
  • Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. (Having a light snack is okay.) Also, avoid alcoholic drinks before bed.
  • Avoid nicotine (for example, cigarettes) and caffeine (including caffeinated soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate). Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants, and both substances can interfere with sleep. The effects of caffeine can last as long as 8 hours. So, a cup of coffee in the late afternoon can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night.
  • Spend time outside every day (when possible) and be physically active.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark (a dim night light is fine, if needed).
  • Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed.

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The information in this video is intended for informational and educational purposes only and in no way should be taken to be the provision or practice of physical therapy, medical, or professional healthcare advice or services. The information should not be considered complete or exhaustive and should not be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes without first consulting with your physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician or other healthcare provider. The owners of this website accept no responsibility for the misuse of information contained within this website.

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Raul Lona, DPT, OCS, ATC

Dr. Raul Lona earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Certification as an Athletic Trainer from California State University, Fullerton in 1998. Raul received his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. He recently re-certified his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty in 2015 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Lona has been published in subjects related to Lower Back Pain. As such, he specializes in treatment and differentiation of lumbar and hip disorders. In addition, Dr. Lona enjoys treating patients with ankle and foot disorders. Dr. Lona recently completed clinical training in Pain Science as it relates to rehabilitation and has become passionate about helping patients understand and manage their pain.

Most recently Dr. Lona earned his level 1 certification with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Improper alignment and movements predispose many patients and golfers to injury. Raul will use this certification to better help golfers avoid and more quickly recover from injury.

When not treating patients, Raul values his time with his wife and 3 kids. Raul is involved in coaching his kids' sports teams, including soccer and baseball. Raul regularly practices yoga and is passionate about fitness and health.

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Mariko Edwards, MPT, OCS

Mariko Edwards received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's College in 2000. Also in that year, she started working for Rebecca Schraven (the founder of M3 Physical Therapy) where she flourished in the orthopedic rehabilitation setting. In her time with WLPT, she has developed collaborative relationships with referring physicians and other healthcare providers in order to ensure optimal patient care.

Mariko is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, a certified Pilates instructor and a certified Kinesio Taping practitioner. Her expertise in these various methods has contributed to her ability to provide successful patient outcomes for a variety of conditions. With knowledge, compassion, skill and a sense of humor, Mariko continues to guide her patients on the road to recovery.

Mariko participated in and enjoyed sports and athletics throughout her life, from team sports such as softball to individual training in Pilates. Since becoming certified in Pilates in 2005 she has utilized this method is not only rehabilitating her patients but also as a student herself. She believes Pilates is the perfect form of exercise for patients of all abilities and fitness levels. She particularly enjoys training and conditioning prenatal and postnatal women.

Mariko is a wife and a mother of two amazing daughters who contribute to her ability to teach with patience and understanding. Her hobbies include supporting her favorite teams, the Lakers, Dodgers and Chargers and nurturing her knowledge of all things pop culture.

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Chris Hisamune, PT

Chris Hisamune graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1983. He has 30 years of experience helping people achieve their goal of feeling and moving better, with 10 of those years dedicated at M3 Physical Therapy. He accomplishes those goals primarily through manual orthopedic skills. He specializes in alignment and postural dysfunctions. Chris's clinical interests include training for better body use through movement training and prevention of disorders associated with Osteoporosis.

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Munesha Lona, PT, DPT, PCS

Munesha obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. Her passion for treating pediatric patients extends across a multitude of treatment settings, including inpatient, rehab, and medical units within a school setting. She earned her Pediatric clinical specialty in 2007. Munesha enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Kristina Bond

Kristina Bond, PT, DPT

Kristina Bond earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California Baptist University in 2014. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. During her time in Alabama, Kristina completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient orthopedics, and pediatrics. She also worked with the research department at Lakeshore Foundation, a paralympic training center. Kristina has been published in subjects related to telehealth for patients with Parkinson Disease, and involved in the research of adaptive fitness for people with disabilities.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, playing sports on the beach, ice skating, and traveling. She is passionate about promoting health and fitness in the community, and helping people of all ages to reach their goals.

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Leilani Okihara, PT, DPT

Leilani Okihara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University of Northridge. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. During her time at USC she completed clinical rotations focused on a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Following one of her clinical experiences, she found an interesting on furthering her knowledge on balance, vestibular, and concussion rehabilitation.

Growing up she participated in sports to where she found her love for physical activity and saw how movement is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. In her free time, she loves to do anything involving the outdoors and can mostly be found at the beach. Her hobbies include running, playing basketball, rock climbing, hiking, and of course cheering on the Lakers.

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