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This is an article by James M. Gregory.
50 – 70 million.
That would be the answer if the question were, “How many people in the US have a sleep disorder?”
That number might seem innocent on its own. So people don’t sleep well, no big deal, right? You might shrug it off if you don’t dig deeper and look at the ominous statistics about fatalities and injuries related to sleep deprivation (as reported by sleepassociation.org):
- 1,550 fatal and 40,000 non-fatal injuries directly caused by drowsy driving alone
- 100,000 fatal outcomes related to medical errors caused by sleep deprivation
An issue with the stats
There are gaping flaws in the statistical model we’re using today. Any sleep therapist with a modern approach could probably write an essay on all the things the stats can’t tell you.
The topic is beyond the scope of this article, but let us takes a moment to point out 3 obvious problems:
- What constitutes a sleep disorder?
- How many people are diagnosed vs. how many are suffering in silence or don’t even know they have a problem?
- How many people involved in the sleep-related accidents or medical errors will be open about it?
You see a pattern here – most of the stats we have are subjective. To be honest, the issue of subjectivity is tricky and there isn’t much we can do about it. Furthermore, statistical models have a way of improving on their own as science moves forward and we tweak the models.
This is a guest post by Trysh Sutton from Pure Path.
The use of essential oils is an underrated, natural approach to dealing with the symptoms associated with many chronic illnesses. Individuals who go this route are usually able to save money on medication and reduce side effects that come with them.
But what are essential oils?
Essential oils are extremely concentrated, organic compounds that are in liquid form and sporting many of the benefits of certain plants without the need to have an unusual number of these plants physically available. As an example, it takes over 240,000 rose petals to create just 5ml of rose essential oil and almost 3,000 lemons to create 15ml of lemon essential oil.
It’s the middle of the night and there you are, staring at the ceiling while the clock’s ticking away. You start getting anxious, because there are only a few hours of potential sleep left until a new day starts again. But as much as you toss and turn, you just can’t fall asleep.
If you suffer from insomnia, always check if you have your bedtime basics covered: a dark, slightly cool bedroom with a comfortable mattress, not too much caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. You could even try some more unconventional tips for getting plenty of shut-eye.
But some nights, even when you’ve done everything right, you find yourself wide awake at 2am.
So what do you do? It’s tempting to grab your phone, check your social media feeds or watch TV until you start getting sleepy. But that’s not a great choice for two reasons. The blue light coming from electronic devices actually inhibits the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin, making it even harder for you to fall asleep. What’s more, by doing something mentally stimulating, not only are you not sleeping, you’re not getting high-quality rest either.
There must be a better way right?
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2017 already. I’ve launched a book, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and celebrated many milestone moments for my family. Time for well-deserved break to relax and recharge for the second half of the year!
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