June is Men’s Health Month and this week is Men’s Health Week!
In honor of Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week, we’re focusing on men’s health and specifically their sleep! President Bill Clinton signed the bill establishing Men’s Health Week back on May 31, 1994.
Men’s health is extremely important, especially since it’s a fact that men die at higher rates than women. Menshealthnetwork.org calls that fact the Silent Health Crisis in America. How much do you know about men’s health and sleep?
It’s all about the rhythm
Everyone has their own personal “body clock”, which is also called their circadian rhythm. The National Sleep Foundation states that circadian rhythms are controlled by an area of the brain that’s called the hypothalamus. Waking up and going to sleep at the same time everyday helps your circadian rhythm to function normally. Having a normally functioning circadian rhythm helps to reduce the chances of sleep problems such as Sleep Apnea.
Men’s clocks tend to run more to a full 24-hour cycle or longer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, on average, men have a circadian cycle that’s six minutes longer than women. This is why men will usually feel less tired in the evenings and why women usually wake up earlier in the mornings.
In an article by sleep.org, they discussed how women tend to perform better than men when they are low on sleep. Men cannot rebound as quickly from sleep deprivation, but men also don’t require as much sleep as women do. On average, men need about twenty minutes less than women.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, Sleep Apnea affects men more than women. The likelihood of having Sleep Apnea also increases if you’re obese, have a larger neck circumference, and suffer from loud snoring – which are all factors that are more prevalent in men. Men should be aware of these signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea.
If you notice any of these symptoms of Sleep Apnea in your life, talk to your doctor about what you’re experiencing. Your doctor will help you find the right therapy for your unique sleep needs.
There is so much that men can do to stay on top of their health. Workout regularly, eat healthy, and get regular health checkups. Get in charge of your health today to stop the Silent Health Crisis in America!
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