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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Wellness

Hoping to get caught up on your ZZZZZZZ’s?

Studies show that sleeping in for an hour or two on the weekend doesn’t really make up for the lost time. Sleep deprivation leads to something called “sleep-debt,” the difference in the amount of sleep that you need and the amount of sleep that you are actually getting. Sleep debt can contribute to your physical wellness.

Lack of sleep can make us grumpy and foggy, and it can also affect your ability to lose weight. Being overweight can put you at significant risk for heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Because your body repairs and replenishes itself while you are sleeping, lack of sleep affects how every organ in your body works, including your heart. Sleep debt can also affect your mental wellness; contributing to depression, forgetfulness, impaired judgement, slow reaction time and even your sex drive.

The good news is, there are treatments for sleep disturbances. GMHC offers testing for sleep disturbances in our accredited sleep facility or in your home.

Do you snore? Are you excessively tired during the day? Has anyone ever said you stop breathing while asleep? Are you being treated for high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythms? Are you overweight? Your lack of sleep may be affecting your overall wellness! These are all good reasons to talk to your primary care provider about sleep testing at GMHC.

Grief Support Group

Each of us mourns the death of a loved one differently. The Grief Support Group meets each month and is a place where those grieving can find comfort in sharing the pain, anger, depression and other emotions they feel following a loss.

The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 4pm to 5pm.

Thursday, Dec. 19th: 4pm to 5pm at the Family Resource Center (FRC)– 514 South River Park Drive, Guttenberg

For more information, please call the FRC 563-252-3215.

GMHC Blood Drive – American Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood at GMHC on Friday, Dec. 20th from Noon to 5pm in the Education Center.

Why give blood?

Most importantly, to save lives. All blood types are needed.

It’s quick and easy! Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.


Katherine DeWall, LISW

Katherine DeWall is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She is taking new patients, ranging in age 3 and above, as well as couples. Cornerstone Family Practice Clinics use an integrated model of care. In this model, medical and behavioral problems are treated together. We work closely with your provider and other professionals to deliver the best overall care.

Charles Weber, DO

Shelly Klein, DNP, FNP

Vanessa Solomon, FNP-BC

Amber Wessels, ARNP