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CDC: Not getting enough sleep? You're not alone

More than a third of Americans don't get enough sleep according to research done by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. One East Texas sleep Doctor says that statistic is very believable, and could even be higher than that.

It is a seven to nine hour part of our daily routine, or at least it should be. Sleep Medicine Specialist, Dr. Raymond Perkins says, "Most people have busy lives, many people may work two jobs, but a lot of people that have kids, or for other reasons just don't get enough time in bed." Just like eating, or breathing...sleeping is essential. Dr. Perkins said, "I don't think the majority of people have an idea, about how incredible the impact is from sleep is on their life overall and on their health."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 50 percent of people snore, 40 percent fall asleep during the day, and five percent fall asleep behind the wheel.

Sleep-deprived people may also suffer from Insomnia or Sleep Apnea.

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Dr. Perkins says, "I think a lot of insomnia comes from worrying about things, like the economy, and having a job, or whether how to keep your job or how to pay the bills."

And some don't even know they have a true sleep disorder. Sleep Apnea patient, Etlye Yoshida of Tyler, says, "I didn't know I had it. A lot of people don't know they have it, it's real sad."

Dr. Perkins says one in five people have Sleep Apnea, a shortage of air while sleeping. Some fancy head wear can cure the disorder...overnight. A patient picks out a face mask of their choice, they then hook it up to a machine, which acts the opposite of a vacuum. It blows out clean positIve air so you get a good airflow while you sleep.

Besides medicine, here are some tricks Dr. Perkins said that can also help. "If your not sleepy, don't go to bed, if you get sleepy go to bed, and if you go to sleep great, but if you don't, go to sleep within about 20 minutes, you need to get up and go do something else," Dr. Perkins said.

Dr. Perkins also says basically you do not want to train your body to be in bed ... and think it's okay to stay awake.

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