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6 Reasons Why You Need More Sleep

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6 Reasons Why You Need More Sleep

By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor

A good night’s sleep. For many people, the thought of getting a solid eight hours may seem like a pleasant pipe dream.

And you’re not alone. The National Center for Sleep Disorders estimates that between 10 and 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic bouts of insomnia.

Yet studies linking inadequate sleep to a number of physical and mental ailments continue to pile up, begging the question: Can anyone really afford to skimp on their snoozing?

Coffee can help you compensate for the occasional all-nighter you have to pull for work, but chronic sleep deprivation can take a serious toll on your health. There are a multitude of reasons why you should make it your mission to consistently get a solid amount of shut-eye.

 

Related:
How to Help Cure Insomnia
Restless Leg Syndrome and Other Sleep Disorders
What is Sleep Apnea?

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7:35AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you AgingCare, for Sharing this!

1:02PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

I work 3rd shift and have a two year old during the day. sleep/ HA!

7:19AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thanks for this

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

There is nothing more cozy than a warm bed when it is the dead of Winter and -40 out there. A good night's sleep is so very restful with many colourful and fascinating dreams. In the summer, camping by a river brings restful sleep providing a lot of energy for the morning ahead.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Ron B. "Will somebody wake up Wim? I can't get to sleep..."

"You cannot currently send a star to Ron because you have done so within the last week."

Sorry Ron, Wim does this all the time, every post, though the actual length of letters is much longer than usual. Think of them as sheep, jumping over a post and count the Wim's, you might be able to get to sleep that way!

6:21PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

yep, im an insomniac, from birth im told, i didnt sleep well as a child by my mother .im 57 now and worse than ever. a light sleeper, a woman, a worrier (dont help) .it drives me mad. I take sleep tabs which i know i shudent BUT i do.

11:22AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I think one of the most compelling reasons to get more sleep is because one gets more stressed out with less sleep and it becomes a cycle – you can’t sleep because you are stressed out and you are stressed out because you can’t sleep. I use yoga, guided meditation, and Belleruth Naparstek’s tips (http://www.healthjourneys.com/insomnia.asp) when I have trouble sleeping.

11:30PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

11:45PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Yes I know I need more sleep! My prob is getting to sleep & staying asleep.

11:42PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thanks! I'm completely aware that I need more sleep.

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