Over the past few decades, both sleep quality and quantity have declined. In fact, many people regularly get poor sleep. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, though, it’s a recipe for chronic sleep deprivation.

Just because we are able to operate on six or seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean we wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if we spent an extra hour or two in bed.

Beyond making us tired and moody, poor sleep has immediate negative effects on our hormones, exercise performance, and brain function, and over the long-term, chronic sleep loss can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, increasing our propensity for obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. 

Have you ever noticed how when you’re short on sleep you crave sugary foods that give you a quick energy boost? Well, there’s a good reason for that. Sleep deprivation has a direct link to overeating and weight gain.

If you give yourself plenty of time for sleep but still have trouble waking up in the morning or staying alert all day, you may not be getting good quality sleep.

Over the past few decades, both sleep quality and quantity have declined. In fact, many people regularly get poor sleep. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In today’s fast-paced society, six or seven hours of sleep may sound pretty good. In reality, though, it’s a recipe for chronic sleep deprivation.

Just because we are able to operate on six or seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean we wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if we spent an extra hour or two in bed.

Beyond making us tired and moody, poor sleep has immediate negative effects on our hormones, exercise performance, and brain function, and over the long-term, chronic sleep loss can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, increasing our propensity for obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. 

Have you ever noticed how when you’re short on sleep you crave sugary foods that give you a quick energy boost? Well, there’s a good reason for that. Sleep deprivation has a direct link to overeating and weight gain.

If you give yourself plenty of time for sleep but still have trouble waking up in the morning or staying alert all day, you may not be getting good quality sleep.

WHAT IS INSOMNIA?

Although insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, it is not a single sleep disorder. It’s more accurate to think of insomnia as a symptom of another problem. The problem causing the insomnia differs from person to person. It could be something as simple as drinking too much caffeine during the day or a more complex issue like an underlying medical condition or feeling overloaded with stress or responsibilities.

Restless nights and weary mornings can become more frequent as we get older and our sleep patterns change. Many of us occasionally experience difficulties sleeping and it’s usually due to stress, travel, illness, or other temporary interruptions to your normal routine. However, if you regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, wake up feeling exhausted, or feel sleepy during the day, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Although insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, it is not a single sleep disorder. It’s more accurate to think of insomnia as a symptom of another problem. The problem causing the insomnia differs from person to person. It could be something as simple as drinking too much caffeine during the day or a more complex issue like an underlying medical condition or feeling overloaded with stress or responsibilities.

Restless nights and weary mornings can become more frequent as we get older and our sleep patterns change. Many of us occasionally experience difficulties sleeping and it’s usually due to stress, travel, illness, or other temporary interruptions to your normal routine. However, if you regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, wake up feeling exhausted, or feel sleepy during the day, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.

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