Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sleep and Stress

With the 24/7 world we live in it's not surprising to hear that most of us have trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and awakening too early. The April 2008 survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center was done with a nationally representative sample of 1,466 adults. Fifty percent of those we asked about their most recent night of sleep reported those problems, and for many, they occur repeatedly. When asked about the previous month, 44% said they had one or more of those issues on at least eight nights, making them "problem sleepers." .

What's really sad is that instead of treating the source of the problem most people simply turn to prescription drugs. The survey discovered almost 20%Americans took prescription or over-the-counter medicines at least once a week to help them sleep better.

Treat the source of your problem (usually stress) and you'll not only sleep better, you'll live better.

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