If you suffer from insomnia, you're not alone. 8.6 million people, or 4 percent of American adults use sleep medication.
Dr. Jennifer Landa, Chief Medical Officer of Body Logic md is here to discuss the importance of natural sleep, some root causes of insomnia and the dangers of prolonged sleep medication.
Numerous studies have shown that people who receive 7-10 hours of sleep a night function better in the workplace and other aspects of daily life. On the contrary, too little sleep or a lack of proper sleep can cause health risks. Side effects of too little sleep include
Blood Sugar/Insulin Issues
Increased Risk of Heart Disease
The causes of insomnia can be credited to numerous factors. Stress, anxiety, depression, medications, adjusting to a new environment and too much caffeine are all credible reasons. Hormonal changes in women can also cause insomnia.
What is the difference between over the counter sleep aids vs. prescription sleep aids?
Prescription sleep aids require a note from the doctor for purchase while over the counter sleep aids can be bought freely. Although both types of aids may temporarily help you sleep, they will not work in the long run.
So what can you use to fall asleep?
For starters, get in a natural routine before you go to bed. Make sure you get all your tasks that are essential before the next day done. Regarding minimal tasks that can be postponed, create a list of what has to be done to complete them later. Turn off all electronic devices like your computer, TV and phone at least two hours before bedtime. Try reading before bed to ease your mind. Exercising throughout the week and eating right will also help your body fall into its natural sleep pattern. Avoid caffeine three hours before you sleep for a full night of rest and instead drink decaf tea. Valerian and melatonin are natural sleep aids that don't have the same serious side effects medication has and are your best option if the above methods don't work.
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