Doctor Oz and Dr. Michael Breus, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, gave Amy and Jimmy advice on how to get a good night’s sleep, and the consequences of not getting quality sleep. Dr. Oz says that you need 7 hours of sleep a night, but it is not just sleep that you need – quality sleep is key. Amy and Jimmy are parents of two kids and one boston terrier dog. Their son Max is a restless sleeper, and 6 months ago when Amy went back to work, Max started to insist that he sleep in his parent’s bed. Add to that the fact that their boston terrier snores very loudly, and it is no wonder that poor Amy and Jimmy are sleep deprived.
Dr. Michael Breus said that the true dangers of not getting enough sleep are negative impacts for your blood pressure, cardiovascular health and it makes you feel and look older. Not convinced yet? Dr. Oz said that if you get 5 or less hours of quality sleep each night, then there is a 50% increased risk of diabetes and obesity. Women who get under 5 hours of quality sleep increase their chance of heart problems by 45%, and the numbers are even worse for men. Plus, 1 in 5 motor vehicle accidents could potentially be prevented by getting better sleep. What about the impact of poor sleep on your children? Dr. Breus said that 25% of children with ADHD could have underlying sleeping disorders. Think about it, if children are sleep deprived, they don’t tell their parents that they want to take a nap, instead they act rambunctious.