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World Sleep Day: Americans are not sleeping enough, says poll

A recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation has revealed that only 10 percent of Americans give priority to sleep over other tasks. The annual Sleep in America poll said that while people were willingly to devote time to pursue their hobbies and other social activities, they simply do not consider sleep worthy of the same attention. On the contrary, 90 percent of American adults who enjoyed sound sleep were found to be more effective in getting their work done every day compared to 46 percent with poor sleep habits.

Commenting on the findings, Director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center and Chair of the National Sleep Foundation’s Population Health and Methodology Council Maurice Ohayon said that the primary reason why most people, including adults and children, are not getting enough sleep is that they are not blocking enough time for it. They seem to be so engrossed in their schedule that they do not deem it important to sleep well.

Good sleep is one of the most vital requirements for a healthy body and mind, but a majority of Americans do not prioritize it. Lack of sleep is associated with a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, obesity, depression and anxiety. It also responsible for making one feel irritable and lethargic.

Every year, the World Sleep Society observes the World Sleep Day on the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox. This year, the annual event will be held on March 16. It’s a day to highlight issues related to sleep and reduce sleep-related problems through prevention and management. The collaborative efforts of health professionals from all over the world will be directed toward spreading awareness about the importance of good sleep and its health benefits.

Tips for sound sleep at night

Getting those precious eight-nine hours of sleep every day is as important as incorporating nutritious diet and exercise in one’s lifestyle. When one sleeps, the body’s vital organs slow down and get the much-needed rest to function the next day. Therefore, before a person goes to bed for the day, it is essential to switch off mentally as well as physiologically from the day’s events and simply relax.

While some people resort to medications to get healthy sleep, it can be dangerous if used for long. Certain every day practices that can facilitate sound sleep are:

  1. Keeping an essential oil diffuser filled with mind-calming fragrances such as lavender or rose in the room.
  2. Following a routine before hitting the bed, such as getting into comfortable clothes, brushing teeth, arranging the pillows and the bed sheet, and keeping the room clean. A routine will ensure that one does not wake up in the middle of the night.
  3. Drinking tea infused with the goodness of chamomile, basil or honey before taking the much-desired nap.
  4. Keeping all electronic gadgets that emit blue light away from the bedroom. Blue light interferes with the circadian patterns and makes it difficult to sleep.
  5. Putting aside all work-related activities. No laptops or school books should be in the vicinity.
  6. Avoiding heavy, greasy food, alcohol and nicotine at night. A small piece of chocolate or a cup of warm milk is, however, permitted.
  7. A hot bath just before bedtime works wonders for some people who have difficulty in sleeping.
  8. Some people find that doing something creative such as doodling or writing a limerick can relax their mind and induce sleep.

Sleep disorders are curable

In case one still finds it difficult to sleep well at night, it is essential to speak to a therapist. Constant disturbance to night sleep can begin to interfere with daily tasks and cause stress and other mental problems like anxiety and depression. Insufficient sleep may also be a sign of an underlying mental health issue that one needs to be taken care of.

The Sovereign Health Group is one of the leading treatment providers for mental disorders across the nation. We tailor-made each program to suit the needs of our patients in order to treat them holistically. In addition to individual and group psychotherapies, counseling sessions and medication, we offer other therapeutic activities like art therapy, yoga, equine therapy, mindfulness meditation and breathing techniques to help an individual regain control of his or her life. We offer services at multiple treatment locations in the U.S. and accept most private insurance plans. For more information, you can call our 24/7 helpline (855) 969-5557 or chat online with an advisor now.

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