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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?


Are You Getting Enough Sleep?  If Not, Read On

A recent poll tells us that only about half of adults are satisfied with the amount of sleep they’re getting.

Lack of a good night’s sleep does affect your health in more ways than you think, says Dr. Peter Goodman, MD. He calls good sleep- sleep hygiene. It is as important as the good physical hygiene we all strive for.

How much do we need?

Sleep specialists recommend we get 9 hours of sleep, but, on average, most of us are getting only 7 hours or less.

A good sleep pattern can be thrown off for a number of reasons:

·         Stress, anxiety, chronic pain, unhappiness

·         Excessive work or partying

.         Caffeine, alcohol or medication

·         Depression… this is the leading reason for Insomnia

Then there are reasons that you might not think can disturb your sleep:

·         Wavelength of the electric screen on your TV or your computer.

·         Many people bring a book to bed. A good exciting book!

(Sounds like fun but it can interfere with your sleep in much the same way a good TV show can over-stimulate you which causes sleep distraction.)

Common effects from not getting enough sleep:

·         Your outlook on life may get grim

·         Your decision making abilities may face interference

·         Lack of sleep often causes high blood pressure

·         It can also affect your memory ability

·         Physical aches and pains are reemphasized

Severe sleep deprivation may cause mental confusion leading to more severe problems can even cause serious accidents.

Some healthy tips for getting a better night’s sleep:

Try sleeping and waking up at the same time each night and morning

Create a quiet, dark and comfortable environment conducive for sleep

Develop a good exercise routine during the day- at least a half-hour’s worth

Don’t overeat before sleep but don’t go to bed hungry

Avoid late day naps

Some simple sleep aids:

·         Good massage or warm bath

·         Warm milk with a small portion of carbohydrate

·         Some calming sea sounds on your player

·         And, of course, a little sex wouldn’t hurt (if you’ve got the right partner)

Just remember the old saying:

A bed should be used only for sleep or sex.

If you can’t go to sleep, get up and do something relaxing!



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