March is Sleep Awareness Month—that’s because as many as 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Sleep is an essential missing link in many of our healthy routines. For example, we just observed Daylight Saving Time, and how many of us had a hard time adjusting our sleep, school, or work routines?

You may be wondering why, as a dentist, I’m writing about sleep. Dental sleep medicine is a growing segment of dentistry that focuses on managing snoring and sleep apnea. It’s become a passion of mine, addressing sleep issues in patients and witnessing the transformation in their lives. Sleep is essential! Look at six surprising ways sleep is linked to your health:

Dr. Rita Tempel is the owner and founder of Gettysburg Smiles, located at 2018 York Road, Gettysburg.Visit GettysburgSmiles.com, follow Gettysburg Smiles on Facebook, or call 717-339-0033.

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