Do you toss and turn all night long or wake of refreshed and energized? Sleepless nights have plagued all of us at some time or another, however with more than 60 million Americans suffering from insomnia or regular sleep deprivation it’s not a topic to be taken lightly.
Temporary sleep disturbances are not something to be overly concerned with, but if the pattern continues for more than 3 weeks it is considered chronic and your overall health is compromised. The senses dull, healing slows, immunity weakens, moods shift, depression sets in–the list goes on.
A good night’s sleep is important and you should feel rested and revitalized when you awake.
What is happening? Why are so many people suffering from insomnia or restless night. Why are millions of prescriptions for sleep aids like Ambien written every year? Each person’s pattern is different and each pattern can be improved on. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do have some insights.
First, some brief details about sleep.
How much sleep do we need?
Most studies and experts agree that the ideal amount of sleep is about 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep a night. On average, Americans are clocking in at 6.9 hours–not too bad, but when you take into account that some people get 10 hours of sleep a night while others only clock in 3 or 4 hours, it starts to look bleak for millions. It is interesting to note here that recents studies have popped up about “first and second sleep.” Apparently, there is documentation from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s where people commonly went to bed and slept for 3-4 hours, woke and puttered about for an hour or two, before settling back into their […]