How’d you sleep last night? Surely you got your 8 hours, and woke up refreshed, recharged, and ready to tackle the day head-on. No?
Well you’re far from alone. Studies show that many people aren’t getting a healthy level of sleep. Sleep deficiency is exacerbated by the busy, stressful lives that are becoming commonplace in modern society.
But issues like insomnia and sleep apnea are also becoming increasingly prevalent. And the typical treatment of harsh pharmaceuticals can leave patients feeling hung over in the morning with unpleasant side effects.
What’s the big deal about not getting enough sleep? There are connections between sleep deficiency and a weakened immune system, muscle aches, headaches, nausea and, as you might know if you sometimes don’t get enough sleep, irritability.
Studies have shown that those who sleep fewer than eight hours per night are also more likely to be overweight (an inverse correlation between less sleep and weight gain). Yes, the less we sleep, the more we seem to weigh. The difference between six and eight hours of sleep will soon be measured in pounds!
Beyond that, driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. And, those who don’t get enough sleep also have higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress.
So how do we help our patients deal with this problem?
In our mind/body programs, we share some methods to promote healthier lifestyles, including more restful sleep.