Get Your 8 Hours of Sleep

For a lot of couples, one person's sleeping habits, like talking in their sleep or even snoring, may be a running joke, but new information about the way you sleep and what it says about your health are no laughing matter.

Doctor John Gibbs at the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Sleep Center says for adults who get less than an average of 8 hours every night, their circadian rhythm is probably off, affecting everything from your sex-life, to life expectancy. In children, Gibbs says the effects of an unbalanced sleep pattern can range from behavioral problems, on up to stunting their growth. In the long term, he says poor sleep patterns can kill you.

Think you may have a sleep problem? You can visit the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Sleep Center without a doctor's referral. For more information log onto