HIV and Sleep


A good night's sleep is essential for your physical and mental health and if you're not getting enough it can make you feel bad. There is no magic number for the amount of sleep we need, but current guide note that most adults sleep for an average of seven to nine hours per night. You should listen to your body to find out how much sleep is good for you.

If you're not getting enough sleep you will feel slow and tired all day, perhaps moody and you won't be able to perform as well at anything that you need to use your brain for. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania believe that we build up a 'sleep debt' when we don't get enough sleep over a period of time and that this can lead to serious problems when carrying out normal day to day tasks.
Insomnia is classified as a difficulty in getting to sleep and/or staying asleep. Alongside fatigue, which you'll feel if you often don't get enough sleep, it is common in HIV positive people throughout the course of the virus. If you have always found it difficult to sleep, HIV could exacerbate the problem - so talk about this with your doctor. Depression and anxiety can also affect your ability to sleep.


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