It's all too common for people to shrug off their episodes of insomnia, to do their best to function and cope. This kind of "power through" strategy is rampant in our busy world, but there's no real escape from the consequences that insomnia can bring.
Joseph Emet's Buddha's Book of Sleep: Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindfulness Meditation is a book which those who do have trouble sleeping will find eminently useful -- if they approach it with patience and a willingness to do the necessary work.
Eight hours. This number is spoken like gospel in this country when it comes to sleep. "How much sleep do I need?" Eight hours. "How can I feel like the people in Old Navy ads?" Get eight hours. "Why did that Spanish nun ruin that fresco?" She wasn't sleeping eight hours.
Getting good sleep is vital to health and disease management. Your pet might not be happy to be kicked out of the bedroom, but he'll end up with a healthier, more productive, and happier owner in the long run.
For those that are living always "on" in an always-connected, overwired world, there simply is never enough time. Especially for sleep. All too often, when there is time for sleep, we can't. Our minds are too busy to turn off.
The moral of the story is body language is just not for politicians. When your bed partner complains that you are moving around too much in bed, you should heed the warning and consider whether there is an underlying sleep disorder.
The Web is not a doctor. The Internet can deliver information with amazing speed and volume, but it can't listen to your child's heartbeat or look into your baby's eyes while engaging in a conversation about your newborn's sleep habits.
Researchers found that opting to delay bedtime in favor of studying was linked to an increased risk of both types of academic difficulty. And this was true regardless of the total amount of students' study time.
Overwork and little sleep can affect every aspect of our lives, from relationships, job performance and daily wellbeing to our fundamental health. A new study suggests that difficult and demanding work schedules also can contribute to obesity.
Nobody wants to be set up for poor performance before the first bell even rings. However, poor sleep habits of elementary, middle and high school students may make them sluggish during the day, hinder their success at school and contribute to long-term health problems.
We train our children, from a very young age, to ignore a feeling of tiredness and work till late at night. They go on to college and all-nighters, consuming caffeine in every conceivable form to stay awake. Working hard equals staying up at night. Right?
Reestablishing sleep patterns without the use of pharmaceuticals is not only possible but also preferable when you think about the drawbacks of sustained sleeping pill use. It requires a delicate and highly personalized approach including nutrition, botanicals and lifestyle changes.
As a society, we still wear our sleep deprivation, and our ability to function on minimal rest, as a badge of honor. The most important change we could make to turn our collective sleep habits around? We could start taking sleep a whole lot more seriously.