When it comes to sleep, this is one tired nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 35 -45 percent of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day at least once and nearly five percent fell asleep while driving during the past month. And these are just the ones who admitted it. In addition to that, take into consideration that there are 50 to 70 million American adults who have sleep or wakefulness disorders. Polls by the National Sleep Foundation also show that 48 percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally and 22 percent experience insomnia just about every night. And as a result, a quarter of Americans are taking a sleep aid to help them nod off. Are you one of them?
People with insomnia are four times as likely to suffer from depression and are at a greater risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also increases the risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse, and decreases one’s ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information.
It’s time to make sleep a priority. Here are five simple sleep tips to help you get better Zzzzs.
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