A new study completed by the Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 9 million adults in the U.S. take sleeping pills, which are not a good, long term solution to insomnia. In addition to those 9 million adults who take sleeping pills are those adults who take over-the-counter sleep aids such as chamomile tea, as well as those adults who suffer from sleep deprivation, but do not use any sleep aids.
Insomnia can cause societal disasters. Examples include the Exxon Valdez oil spill , the Challenger space shuttle explosion , and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. All of these disasters happened partially because of human errors brought on by sleep deprivation.
On a more personal level, insomnia can threaten the careers of its victims. Supervisors will not be impressed with employees are constantly fatigued, or who fall asleep on the job. The health problems caused by insomnia can negatively affect work attendance and productivity. In addition, insomnia can cause problems in the relationships that insomniacs have with family members, friends, and coworkers.
What can a person do to sleep better? There are many articles that list the habits that help or hurt sleep quality and duration. The best strategy for insomniacs might be to treat all of these suggestions as they would the food offerings in a cafeteria. Over a period of time, they can try out most of these suggestions and determine which ones are the best for them.
If nothing seems to be of help in getting a good night’s sleep, some research shows that segmented sleep can be normal and healthy. Thus, a daytime nap, during a convenient time, could help insomniacs make up for the sleep they have lost. This could be especially helpful for those insomniacs who work from home.
Sleep labs are another possible alternative for insomniacs to try.
Have you ever had a prolonged problem with insomnia? What was the cause of it? How did you deal with it? Please comment below.