Everything You Need to Know About Sleeplessness
You’ve heard about sleep problems and you have probably suffered a few sleepless nights yourself, but did you know all the facts? Did you realize just how pervasive it is and how many ways it affects us?
Common causes of sleeplessness: inappropriate sleeping environment, anxiety, mood disorders, depression, grief, jet lag, dehydration, alcohol withdrawal, overeating, eating at night, drugs, strong coffee or cola, emotional excitement, euphoria.
35% of Americans sleep 8 hour or more per night during the work week.
56% had one or more symptoms of insominia a few nights a week.
60% of children, especially teenagers, report being tired during the day.
Women suffer more insomnia than men.
As men go from age 16 to 50, they lose 80% of their deep sleep.
Hormonal events like menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can disturb women’s sleep.
100,000 car accidents occur every year because of drowsy driving.
U.S. industry loses about $150 billion every year because of sleep-deprived workers.
Sleeplessness causes accidents, makes you dumber, can lead to serious health problems, kills your sex drive, causes depression, ages your skin, makes you forgetful, can make you gain weight, increases the risk of death, and impairs judgement.
Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and sleepwalking.
Here’s how to get a good night’s sleep:
1. Manage your stress.
2. Eat a light snack of protein and complex carbs an hour before sleeping.
3. Don’t watch television late at night.
4. Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on the weekends.
5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
6. Limit daytime naps.
7. Avoid caffeine, heavy foods, spicy foods, and alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
8. Exercise in the late afternoon.
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Curator: John Kremer