According to a March omnibus survey of adults in the US, 52 percent of people have trouble falling or staying asleep. Lack of sleep can cauwww.examiner.com/node/add/storyse major health problems that may not begin to show until years later.
Less than six hours sleep every night can cause constipation, skin problems, dark circles under the eyes, dull hair, daytime sleepiness, weight gain, heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, lack of sex drive, brain fogginess, accidents at work and automobile crashes.
Sleep is needed for the body to repair the damage done during the day and to prepare the body for optimal function for the next day. The body must have a minimum of six hours, but preferably seven to eight hours of sleep each night. The cumulative effect of poor sleeping habits can damage the body extensively.
First, the bed you sleep on must be comfortable to you while supporting the weight of your body evenly. Nothing you do or take will help you get the rest you need if your bed is too hard or too soft. Invest in a bed that makes the body feel as if it were resting on air.
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The bedroom must be totally dark, no nightlights. Any light coming into the room will prevent the body from staying asleep. According to Body Ecology:
The pineal gland needs darkness to produce the melatonin that tells your body it's time to sleep. Any light you receive at night can confuse your pineal gland and decrease your body's production of melatonin. That's why the heavy drapes in hotels keep you asleep longer.
German chamomile tea before bedtime helps the body relax and reduces anxiety. A few drops of lavender essential oil on the pillow helps the body relax and feel calm. Yes, it is true that warm milk makes you feel drowsy. A little hot chocolate may be just what you need.
Some people need a little white noise to help them fall asleep and stay asleep. Turn on a small fan near the head of the bed. The hum of the motor helps many people fall asleep. Use a noise machine with a tape of water running over rocks or the sound of a gentle rain.
Sleep isn't optional. If nothing works for you, seek medical attention.