Saturday, March 17, 2007

Trouble Sleeping? Read a Book…

Having trouble sleeping ? Don’t worry, you‘re not alone. Apparently more than 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep conditions. And that number doesn‘t include those of us simply sleep deprived because we short change ourselves over the amount of sleep we need. Not a good move. According to an article by Dr Ellen Weber, ‘More industrial disasters are caused by sleep deprivation than most people realize’.

Want to get help? Then read a book. A search of reveals that they stock over 7,000 self help books on sleeping. No matter what your sleep problem, there is probably a book there for you.

The latest one out, The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep by Lawrence Epstein, M.D, provides readers with a six point plan to improve their sleep. They are:

• Recognizing the importance of a good night’s sleep
• Adopting a healthy lifestyle
• Maintaining good sleep habits
• Creating the optimal sleep environment
• Watching out for sleep saboteurs
• Seeking help for persistent sleep problems

Common sense, you would think. But it’s amazing how many people fail to follow these steps….including me.

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Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

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Harmony said...

I have resigned myself to at least 10 more years of sleep deprivation.
Thanks for the link to the blog cartoons!

Ellen Weber said...

Great post and images Kiwiwriter! Thanks for the link. There are things we can do to sleep well and an increasing number of people seem to need these after the stress of a day's work.

Great resources on this site! I'll be back:-)


Hi Harmony, I think people who create cartoons have an amazing ability to tap into a topic. They can say so much with so few words and a picture or two.

Ellen, thanks for stopping by. As a shift worker, I'm well aware of the problems of sleep deprivation, work accidents, and the need to find ways to compensate. Course, would be easier if I could just get into a regular sleep pattern.

Cheers, Liz

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