Sleep plays an important role in your mental and physical health, but it is easily sacrificed to complete other tasks. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, ongoing sleep deficiency is “linked to risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and stroked” ( http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why). A good night of sleep improves learning, helps maintain a healthy hormone balance and promotes healthy balance and growth development. The damage from sleeping deficiency can occur in an instant or harm you over time. While the majority of us are aware of the benefits and consequences of sleeping, more than 3 million U.S. cases of insomnia, which is a sleep disorder that is characterized by falling and/ or staying asleep, is diagnosed every year. Most cases of insomnia are related to poor sleep habits, depression, anxiety, lack of exercise, chronic illness, or certain medications. Although insomnia can be experienced by individuals of various ages, cases of insomnia are most common between early adulthood into 60+ years old. Insomnia cannot be cured but treatments including behavior therapy, identifying and treating underlying causes, Yoga and other relaxation techniques including exercising and reading have been proven to be effective.
Listen below to Public Health Minute’s segment on “Insomnia.”