Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep....

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  • But were afraid to ask!!

     

    I'm devoting my radio show, HealthBeat, to "Elusive Sleep," tomorrow Wednesday on Voice America's Health & Wellness channel at 10 am PST.  Tune in and you'll have a chance to call in and ask questions.  As I did research for the show, I was astounded to find out how truly complex sleep is and how many things can go wrong.  Some of the reasons why we don't sleep are within our power to modify.  Things like creating a sleep friendly environment, avoiding caffeine too close to bedtime, releasing stress so it doesn't become the "gorilla" in the bedroom, changing to medications that don't interfere with sleep.

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    But there are a host of physical conditions - like depression, restless leg syndrome, Obstructive Sleep Apnea - that can cause insomnia.  Here are some questions that you should be able to answer, especially if you want to avoid insomnia:

     

    Which group needs the most sleep?

    Newborns need between 16-18 hrs of sleep, infants need between 14.5 and 16 hrs of sleep, teens need an average of 9 hrs of sleep, and adults need between 7.5 and 9 hrs of sleep.

    How often does the average person feel sleepy during the day?

    Twice - between 1 and 4 pm and between midnight and 7 am.

    What are some conditions that can result from too little sleep?

    Impaired memory, depression, decreased immune response, weight gain or difficulty losing weight are some of the issues.

    How many sleep disorders exist?

    There are 88 disorders that can interfere with falling asleep or staying asleep.

     

    For more information on sleep disorders catch my radio show and check out the "Find" and "Manage" tools on this site.

Published On: December 02, 2008