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October 20, 2016
A sound sleep is something many of us take for granted, until a couple nights of compounding sleeplessness sets in, affecting our decision making ability, thinking capacity and energy during our waking hours.
An occasional restless sleep is tolerable and perhaps even serves a higher purpose to illuminate areas in our lives needing more attention. Our subconsciousness is active highlighting priorities, providing solutions to a gnawing problem or the calling of our higher self-propelling our consciousness towards a new path.
After consecutive nights, insomnia becomes a larger issue. Chronic insomnia can create a domino effect when our longevity, cognitive function, ability to complete common daily tasks, short-term memory and ability to fully engage in daytime activities is impacted. Even the worry of NOT having a rest filled restorative sleep can compound the cycle and lead to more anxiety and stress.
According to a report by Statistics Canada (2002), an estimated 3.3 million Canadians have symptoms of insomnia; 1 in 7 individuals have trouble both going to sleep and staying asleep, and many Canadians with insomnia obtain less than 5 hours of restful sleep per night.
Insomnia means missing out on all the above benefits, leaving our spirit in less than an optimal state and our physical health compromised. This leads to difficulty in coping with daily tasks and imparts a deep sense of frustration, short temperedness, and even makes us more accident prone. The impact on Canadians is an increase in work absences and a decrease in productivity, a lowered sense of personal satisfaction with life and burnout. Insomnia interferes with our ability to be our best!
For occasional sleeplessness, address these lifestyle tips and also read part two – Herbal Solutions for Insomnia.
[i] Statistics Canada, Insomnia, November 16, 2005 http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/051116/dq051116a-eng.htm
[ii] Jo Abbott, Chemical messengers: how hormones help us sleep. September 9, 2015 12.45am EDT
Swinburne University of Technology. http://theconversation.com/chemical-messengers-how-hormones-help-us-sleep-44983
[iii] Rachel Leproult and Eve Van Cauter, Role of Sleep and Sleep Loss in Hormonal Release and Metabolism. Endocr Dev. 2010; 17: 11–21. Published online 2009 Nov 24. doi: 10.1159/000262524 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065172/