Americans Tired Of Not Getting Enough Sleep
According to the National Foundation of Sleep Disorders, at least 40 percent of American women and 30 percent of men have sleep disorders, yet very few seek treatment. It is becoming increasingly evident that sleep disorders are a serious problem in our country.
- Researchers have found that sleeping less than six and one-half hours may even shorten your life span.
- Two-thirds of Americans say lack of sleep affects their work, causing approximately $70 billion in lost productivity.
- The US Department of Transportation estimates that 200,000 traffic accidents occur each year due to driver fatigue.
A lack of quality sleep impacts a person physically as well as mentally. Doing exercise or daily activities can be a challenge due to a lack of energy . . . and physical fatigue makes you less likely to participate in physical activities. Lack of sleep may also cause stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts due to a decreased ability to think clearly and rationally.
In order to combat these problems, it is important to understand that diet and exercise work together in determining the likelihood of developing a sleep disorder. If proper diet and exercise are maintained, it is more likely you will get the sleep your body needs.
Among the 84 different sleep disorders, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder affecting women. Women need to be aware that sleep disorders become more common during menopause. Sleep is naturally, negatively influenced by aging. The only thing known to induce deep sleep is exercise, and as people get older, they tend to get less. Lack of exercise is disruptive to the body’s system.
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