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Sleep and Your Health - Family Medicine

It can cause fatigue, irritability, even headaches— “It’s been shown that sleep is just as important as nutrition, exercising and everything else, and I think a lot of people don’t understand the importance of sleep and how it affects your overall health,” said Dr. Tyler Spradling, a resident physician with Lee Health. Over time, doctors say improper sleep can lead to serious health concerns like diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. “As a family medicine doctor, we’re on the front line of first, depicting what might be affecting people’s sleep and at the same time investigating the different symptoms that might be caused by not getting enough sleep,” he said. Dr. Spradling first evaluates patients to determine if simple lifestyle changes could improve their sleep. “Generally, I like to just start discussing how much sleep you might get each night, the quality of sleep, do you have trouble staying asleep, falling asleep?” he said. Things like anxiety, stress, medications, even an unhealthy diet can disrupt your sleep. “I want to A, figure out if they are getting enough sleep and B, be able to direct them to a certain specialist or people in the community who can help them with their sleep,” Dr. Spradling said. Addressing your sleep habits to help you get a better night’s sleep and improve your overall health. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit