Did you sleep well last night? I did and I am sure that is because I spent yesterday at a theme park with my 13yo nephew. We walked over 5 miles while enjoying the fresh Florida heat…and rain. Some nights I just don’t sleep well and you probably don’t either. Statistics show that 62% of Americans say they regularly suffer from symptoms of insomnia, that is almost 2/3 of us! While most of us suffer, only 20% of us believe we actually have insomnia and only 12% of us have been diagnosed with insomnia by our healthcare professional. Those numbers confuse me. I guess we are good at making excuses and bad at talking to our doctors.
Nearly 4 million Americans suffer from insomnia symptoms! That tells me there are a lot of sleepy people muddling through their days, not being as productive or happy as they could be had they gotten a good night’s sleep. Did you know that a sleep in important to our immune system, memory and other vital body functions? Your health could be suffering due to lack of sleep.
For me, my brain doesn’t shut off when I lay down to go to sleep. I have found some things that help me sleep by giving my brain something to focus on while I sleep. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, it may be time to talk to your doctor. There are effective treatment options available that are non-habit-forming and have minimal side effects. I know talking to your doctor about sleep may seem awkward but, your overall health is at stake here, as is your quality of life.
Living in an almost constantly tried or drowsy state can double your risk for accidents at work. We all know that drowsy driving is dangerous-you are risking your life and the lives of everyone else out on the roads. Is it time to take the next step and talk with your healthcare professional about your sleep concerns? It might be the best thing for you to do.