by Rich Nilsen, author of “Sleep Great for Life” ebook
Do you often have trouble falling asleep? Do you suffer from insomnia one or more nights per week? There are many things you can do to significantly improve your chances for a better night’s sleep. Here are two easy tips that everyone can start applying right away.
USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Don’t want to miss that favorite television show that starts at 10:00 p.m.? Well, that is what DVRs and VCRs are for. DVRs are wonderful in that you can set up a regular, scheduled taping every time your favorite show airs. You can also easily record the remainder of a show if you find yourself getting sleepy. Use modern technology to your advantage. Your sleep is too important.
WRITE DOWN YOUR PROBLEMS
I am a firm believer that by putting your thoughts to paper, it helps release them from your mind. It allows you to wake up the next day and, at that time, begin to address the issue(s). Another benefit of doing this is that you will not lose that great idea that you just had while lying in bed!
Make sure you do not go to bed with your mind racing or with problems still pending. Put them “to bed” for the night, and then you will be able to put yourself to bed – peacefully.
If struggle with getting refreshing sleep on a regular basis, you are hardly alone. Approximately 70 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year, and it is 1.4 times more common in women than men. On average fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more.
Forty-four percent of U.S. adults are considered “problem sleepers.” About one-fifth of those in a clinical survey used drugs to counter-act insomnia at least once per week, and nearly 24 percent “depended” on sleep medication. Consumer Reports magazine found that 38 percent of those who had taken medication in the past month had been doing so for a minimum of two months. Who wants or needs that?
Consumer Reports also reported in their findings that the most common cause of insomnia was stress. Respondents worried about issues such as money, health, job security and family.
In 2001, 38 percent of adults were getting a minimum of eight hours sleep each night. Within only seven years this percentage had dropped to an alarming 26 percent. Ouch!
Just how many people are affected by sleep issues? A survey in February 2009 by the National Association of Home Builders, which included builders and architects, predicted that over 60 percent of custom-made houses would have dual master bedrooms by the year 2015. That is a sad state of affairs for America’s marriages.
It’s an epidemic in this country and around the world, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sleep is so vital to our overall well being and health. How can we be productive on the job or at home with the family if we are not fully alert? We might be able to succeed in the short term, but sleep deprivation always catches up to the person suffering from sleepless nights.
The question to ask yourself is how many nights per week do you not get a sound sleep? How many nights per week do you struggle to fall asleep or wake up much sooner than you want? Do you awake in the middle of the night and can not fall back to sleep?
If your answer is more than one night than you are suffering from sleep deprivation. There are several steps you need to take to begin to right the ship. For starters, turn off your electronic leash – iPad, blackberry, laptop – at least 30 minutes prior to bedtime. This will be one of the hardest things to do for many people, so I figured I would throw this out there early.
We’ll dive more into the steps you need to take in next week’s blog installment. In the meantime, power down and get some rest!
Are you dealing with insomnia? Do you feel that no one or nothing can help with your insomnia, and that friends and family who do not have sleep disorders simply can’t related to your problem?
Solve Your Sleep Disorder Today
In a 2007 study approximately 64 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year, and there is little doubt that this massive number has grown in the past four years. Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. This is a serious problem and you are not alone. The painful fact is the prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids are not a good long term solution, and in too many cases, not even a good short term solution.
Fortunately there is a break-through new book that can get you on the path to eliminating insomnia permanently from your life.
In the new book “Sleep Great for Life” published in June by All Star Press, you will learn: Proper Sleep Hygiene – Laying the Foundation for a Great Night’s Sleep (Chapter 4). Here you will learn 15 different factors that can negatively affect your night’s rest and prevent you from getting the sleep your body needs.
The Step-by-Step Solution for Great Sleep for Life (Chapter 8). This is the heart and soul of the book, where you will learn how to take a serious problem and turn it into a positive aspect of your life. Sleep will no longer be a thorn in your side. Instead, sleep will offer the restorative hours that your mind and body needs each day.
Please note that, although this book is jam packed with great information about sleep disorders, this is not a medical guide or study.
Don’t go another night without giving yourself the best chance at overcoming your sleep disorder. If you are sleep deprived, this book is for you. Order “Sleep Great for Life” today, the latest publication from All Star Press, Books that Change Lives. This ground-breaking work is now available in all e-book formats through Smashwords and the Kindle from Amazon.