Sleep Deprivation Nation
Our 24/7 world, with the ever-longer work hours and constant "plugged in" overstimulation, means people are getting less sleep than ever: the average adult sleeps less than seven hours a night, while research shows at least seven-eight are needed.
Chronic sleep loss/disorders affect as many as 70 million Americans, and 30 million of us are now turning to sleep prescription aids. More than one-third of adults report daytime sleepiness so intense that it interferes with work, driving, etc., at least a few days each month.
ZZZs = Good Health
The cost of not getting enough shut-eye isn't just eternal grouchiness and loss of productivity — study after study shows it increases the risk of serious chronic diseases and can shorten our lifespans.
The medical research concurs that poor sleep is linked to: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, increased inflammation, colds and even cancer, etc. And researchers are discovering how sleep is vital for learning and memory.
Lack of Sleep = Weight Gain
A Big Culprit = Sleep Hygiene
- Experts agree you must establish a time of day when you sleep and wake and stick to it.
- Rooms should be dark, safe, relaxing and cool (many say 60 degrees is ideal).
- "Respect" your sleeping space: keep work, electronics, TVs, cell phones, iPads — and strife/arguments — out of your bedroom.
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