Sleep is a necessity that often gets overlooked or compromised as more pressing matters—or worse yet, fearful thoughts—intervene. Quality sleep plays a vital role in maintaining good health. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep every night for optimum performance, health, and safety and to support proper brain function. Lack of sleep can cause irritability, moodiness, or an inability to cope, and it can inflame the fires of anxiety. Sadly, sleep deprivation often leads to an addictive cycle of taking pills to sleep and then taking others to wake up in the morning. It can produce problems in decision making and problem solving and may be linked to depression and suicide.
Unfortunately, sleep deficiency sometimes goes unrecognized until something happens, such as a car crash or health problems, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or lymphoma. Scientific studies show that poor and insufficient sleep correlates with disease and premature aging.
Sleep is critical for wellbeing. Even a loss of just one to two hours of sleep per night over several days, or odd schedules or time-shift work (suffered by pilots, healthcare practitioners, and night workers), can have an impact on performance levels and potentially result in dangerous and costly errors.
To reduce common sleep problems, consider the following nine basic sleep suggestions:
If you suffer from persistent sleep problems—where, night after night, you’re struggling to sleep, or you always feel exhausted the next day—you may have a sleep disorder that needs attention. Solicit the advice of a healthcare professional or sleep specialist. Most disorders can be treated very effectively.
Have a good night…and sweet dreams!
Peggy Sealfon is a Personal Development Coach, Author, Motivational Speaker and internationally-recognized as an expert on dealing with stress and anxiety. Peggy effectively coaches clients (and corporate groups) in her IntegratedLifePlan.com, a customized blend of Western and Eastern traditions. Her fast-track, cutting-edge system improves performance and helps create a balanced, productive, happy and healthful life. Her best selling book is Escape From Anxiety-Supercharge Your Life With Powerful Strategies From A to Z. Peggy founded Florida’s Paradise Coast Wellness Alliance and co-founded the online hub for health and wellness at BeWellinParadise.com Her website is: PeggySealfon.com