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THE TRUTH ABOUT SLEEP

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If you are getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night then you should not feel tired the next day and if you do feel tired and are not very old then you could try eating healthy with moderate exercise or consulting a physician to find out if you need a more radical lifestyle change.

Most of us with insomnia can attribute the cause to working too many hours or having such a frantic daily schedule that we can’t turn our active mind off enough to fall asleep at night.

Trying to maintain regular sleep hours or going to bed at the same time every night without interruptions can help but frequently you have to wind down or do something soothing and mind distracting about an hour or half hour before bedtime.

Try switching off all communications with the outside world and that means no cell phones or computers before bedtime. Taking your mind off of daily concerns and problems is vital and that means doing slow exercise, meditation, sex, a warm bath, or a pleasant soothing pastime such as listening to calming music, watching a somewhat boring TV show, or reading a rather boring but interesting enough book.

Taking over the counter sleeping pills regularly for two or more weeks will result in potency loss and your sleepless symptoms will resurface and only one of the side effects may be drowsiness and tiredness the following day.

Some humans on antipsychotic medication get many undesirable side effects with one being an inability to sleep more than 4 or 5 hours a night. If you withdraw from antipsychotics then you suffer acute insomnia.

Unless it is an emergency situation where you absolutely must be fully rested for the following day, do not use sleeping pills or prescription medication which puts you to sleep artificially and frequently results in greater sleep problems with habitual use.

Alcohol tricks some humans into thinking it is a sleep aid. The fact is that alcohol disrupts the quality of sleep and habitual usage can result in alcohol addiction or dependency. Getting drunk before bedtime once in a while is OK but just don’t make it a daily habit. If you do get drunk then do it only if you don’t have to work the following day, especially if you want a focused mind the following day.

Some physical laborers are alcoholics to some extent and it may not radically impact job performance but if you need a sharp mind to function effectively on the job then alcohol is definitely something which you should use wisely and sparingly.

 

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10 SLEEP MYTHS

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This link is to a blog which describes 10 sleep myths as written up in Prevention Magazine.

http://www.prevention.com/health/sleep-energy/sleep-myths-and-real-solutions-better-sleep?cm_mmc=Fox_Health-_-20%20ways%20to%20sleep%20better%20every%20night-_-Article-_-10%20reasons%20you%20cant%20sleep

Myth: Everyone needs 8 hours of sleep.

Myth: Nodding off in the afternoon is normal

Myth: If you have insomnia, you need to go to bed earlier, nap, or sleep more

Myth: Napping will ruin your night’s sleep

Myth: You have to miss a lot of sleep before it affects you

Myth: You can catch up on sleep on the weekend

Myth: Exercising before bed keeps you from sleeping

Myth: You have to have insomnia to take sleeping pills

Myth: You’ll get addicted to sleeping pills

Myth: If you have work to do, it’s better to get up early than stay up late

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