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By John Broetje | Blog | Oct 10, 2014
Struggling to get a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. Many sleep experts feel that sleep deprivation may be the next public health epidemic. Sadly, unlike a flu virus, there’s no one answer to the problem – our reasons for not getting the sleep we need are as diverse as how it affects us.
Lack of sleep has been linked to car crashes (more than 10,000 per year), industrial disasters (Exxon Valdez & Stanton Island Ferry) and a staggering amount of preventable occupational errors. What’s more. people who suffer from sleep deprivation are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as from cancer, early death and reduced quality of life and productivity.
If sleep is elusive, take back the night by looking closely at your sleep habits and everything in your life that may affect your sleep (or lack of it!). Let’s start with your bedroom:
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, check out what our research turned up this week. Hopefully these resources will help you get the sleep you need and enjoy your mornings a whole lot more.
Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long. There is just as much risk associated with sleeping too long as with sleeping too short. The big surprise is that long sleep seems to start at 8 hr. Sleeping 8.5 hr. might really be a little worse than sleeping 5 hr. Read more on Time.com.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, today a growing number of American couples actually sleep in separate bedrooms. Studies in England and Japan reveal a similar trend. For the 25 percent of couples who choose to sleep apart, reasons include snoring, disrupted sleep, temperature preferences, different schedules or sleep habits. Read more on the HuffingtonPost.com.
The term sleep disorder may suggest someone tossing and turning all night, but lying awake for hours with insomnia is just one example of many conditions that affect how you sleep and function during the day. In fact, you can have a sleep disorder and not even know it. Read more on Health.com.
This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.