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According to the Air Force, many mishaps have cited fatigue as a contributing factor. Getting a better night’s sleep is not only important to be alert during the work day, but also for avoiding health risks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

According to the Air Force, many mishaps have cited fatigue as a contributing factor. Getting a better night’s sleep is not only important to be alert during the work day, but also for avoiding health risks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Recently, I talked to people in the Eglin community, who suffer from lack of sleep. 


They’re not alone.  A National Sleep Foundation survey reports more than 60 percent of Americans suffer from poor quality of sleep.  This can lead to major health consequences.

For anyone who feels like they are running on empty due to lack of sleep, wakes up several times a night, are unable to relax and fall asleep again, or gets less than seven hours of sleep per night, these issues could be affecting their health and could impact Eglin’s mission.

Sleep is vital to good health and well-being.  Poor quantity and quality of sleep can lead to a higher risk of injury, increased fatigue, weight gain, hypertension and cardiovascular problems, inability to concentrate and poor work performance.

My office can help.  We offer a “Sleep Your Way to Better Health” class.  The class discusses sleep strategies, improving one’s sleep environment, sleep myths and what goes on during sleep. The last 20 minutes of the class are spent putting what is taught into practice, with relaxation exercises and encouraged sleep.

For more information, call 883-8020.

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