Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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How much sleep should an adult get each night?


According to a research review, adults require an average of 8.5 hours of sleep each night to report improvements in performance, alertness and mood. This did not seem to differ between genders. Obtaining less than six hours of sleep a night can lead to severe sleep deprivation. Chronic sleep deprivation has many negative impacts on our health including reduced motor & cognitive performance, lower mood, and an imbalance in metabolism and hormones. Fatigue is responsible for 10% of all fatal car accidents behind alcohol (18%) and poor attention (15%). 

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