At the close of 2008, I along with many other Americans was totally stressed over the economy and how it was affecting me and my family- It affected my business, my patients lives and everyone around us was just affected- causing a lot of stress to go around. When we are stressed out our bodies are usually working overdrive and we should be getting enough sleep at night so that we regenerate. But that is when sleep deprivation occurs.
Did you know that 63% of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation? Most people do not get their recommended 8 hours of sleep that is needed for optimum brain function, optimum performance, and good health. When we are stressed out, being sleep deprived can become even more prevalent. This can happen with the loss of a loved one, a change in job, or a serious illness. Ironically this is when we need proper sleep more than ever- this is when we need to regenerate our bodies, need more fuel and overall just need more rest.
Anxiety creates an environment where is difficult to fall asleep. Waking up too many times during the night and arising too early in the am mean un-refreshing sleep.
One solution is to change your sleeping environment and make it conducive to sleeping- therefore make it as restful as possible.
- Keep the temperature in the room cool
- Don’t have any lights on anywhere- this can affect the quality of sleep
- Make sure that the bed mattress is as comfortable as possible. Not to firm, and not sagging in the middle creating a dip
- Get a good sleeping pillow. Check out Arc 4 Life’s Cervical Traction Neck Pillow, recommended by many chiropractors, physical therapists and health professionals
Not being able to sleep and suffering from insomnia can be a cause for depression and other health related problems. For people that are stressed out daytime sleepiness is a frequent problem. Even if you are getting the proper 8 hours of sleep, stress and emotional fatigue can cause excessive sleepiness and frequent dozing off. Not good for productivity at work and definitely not good for driving. The best solutions for overcoming daytime sleepiness is to stick to a normal sleep schedule and get extra rest if you need it. Your body will thank you for it.
Coming into 2009 we all have a lot to be thankful for. As I watched at 12 noon today the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, I am awestruck at the change that has taken place in America. I know many people will have to make changes in the next few years, and there will be times of great anxiety and stress- So I ask all of my readers to make sure they are getting proper sleep and taking care of their health.
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