Living as healthy adults we’ve learned the importance of getting enough rest to stay sharp and function our best. Yet, sleep and daily routine become even more important when a patient isn’t well and, in fact, lack of sleep can even make a person more susceptible to some chronic diseases. Insufficient sleep has been linked in various studies to both the development and management of several chronic conditions, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Fortunately, chronic disease management services can help monitor and encourage patients to minimize this risk.
The Importance of Sleep
We’ve learned since childhood that sleep is an important part of living a healthy life. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the number of hours of sleep that we need each day varies by person, but the general range is from 7 to 9 hours per night for adults. Some adults need up to 10 hours of sleep each night, and sleep can be disrupted by such things as snoring, poorly planned routines, stress, and bad diet.
Sleep and Chronic Disease
It’s a fact that Americans don’t get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has estimated that between 50 to 70 million people in this country suffer from some form of sleep disorder, and insufficient sleep has now been labeled a public health problem. This becomes even more serious as the issue relates to chronic diseases and conditions.
According to a CDC report, there is research showing a link between insufficient sleep and an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes. Also related, there is a study that shows that shorter sleep duration results in metabolic changes that could be linked to excess body weight and obesity. Sleep apnea is a particular form of sleep disorder that has been associated with several cardiovascular diseases. These include coronary heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. Finally, the inability to get sufficient amounts of sleep plays a factor in depression, both as a symptom of depression and a byproduct.
Chronic disease management services can help monitor and emphasize the importance of sleep.
Chronic Disease Management Services
As sleep is vitally important in both managing and preventing further issues with patients, this is something that should be closely monitored. One of the benefits of chronic disease management services is that there is an extra layer of patient contact and monitoring that can do exactly this. Many patients, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions, will sleep either too little or too much. Experts recommend that this be evaluated and monitored along with the patient’s other daily routines, including diet, to ensure that any issues be addressed. Medication management services can determine whether or not certain medicines could be interfering with sleep and report to the primary physician for evaluation.
It takes a dedicated team to effectively treat patients with multiple chronic conditions. Unfortunately, sleep is often overlooked and this is just one of the items that ProfitableMD’s chronic care management services will address. Contact us today with any questions or to request a free consultation.