Human beings need seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function properly. The optimal amount varies from person to person and changes as we grow older, but one thing sleep specialists agree on is that most Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. A 2008 study found that only a quarter of Americans receive eight hours of sleep on weekdays. Insomnia is one of the most widespread health problems facing Americans, causing far-reaching problems. Not only can insomnia make you irritable, unfocused, and easily frazzled, it can have a depressant effect on your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to disease. While sleep medications are one way of dealing with insomnia, they often come with side effects, and some put you at risk for forming a habit. If it takes you hours to fall asleep each night, you might want to consider making one of these lifestyle changes, all of which are proven to help people suffering from insomnia.
1. Wear Yourself Out Physically- One reason Americans sleep poorly is our sedentary culture, in which many of us spend both our work day and our leisure time seated, rather than engaged in the strenuous physical exercise we’re evolved for. A half hour of aerobic activity every day exerts enough energy to get your body physically tired, helping you fall asleep much faster. That means thirty minutes on the treadmill could save you hours of tossing and turning when you head to bed… Continue Reading>>>>