Ahhh … sleep! Some love it, while others hate it, but either way, most of us don’t get enough of it. Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being. So how much sleep do we all actually need?
Experts agree that we should get eight hours of sleep per night in order to function our best day to day. Are you clocking in those magic eight hours? Chances are, you probably aren’t. On average, adults get just six hours and 36 minutes of sleep a night. These lost hours add up to a total loss of 64 nights of sleep per year!
There are many reasons why you may not be catching enough zzz’s – stress, sleep disorders, too much caffeine, and even too much technology before bed. But, no matter what the cause may be, a deficiency in sleep puts you at risk for many negative consequences, such as:
Memory and Cognitive Impairment: When you’ve gotten a solid night’s rest, you’ve probably noticed how mentally quick and efficient you are the following day. When you’ve gotten a poor night’s rest, you’ve probably noticed the complete opposite. You may have been moody or had trouble concentrating; you may have even felt slow-witted, even dumb. This is because a lack of sleep impairs attention, alertness, reasoning and problem solving. It can also cause your memory to pack up and go on vacation.
Serious Health Problems: Did you know, not getting enough sleep can cause a number of serious health problems? Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can increase your risk for:
- heart disease, attack or failure;
- irregular heartbeat;
- high blood pressure;
- stroke; and
Relationship Woes: All relationships have their ups and downs, but if you add poor sleep to the mix, you may end up with many more downs. This is because inadequate sleep can cause a moody and negative atmosphere for all those involved. In turn, your relationships may suffer.
Safety Risk: Poor sleep can put yourself and others at an increased risk for car accidents. In fact, drowsiness behind the wheel can slow reaction time just as much as driving drunk! In just one year’s time, 100,000 sleep-related car accidents occur; 1,550 of them are life threatening.
Luckily, there are many ways to achieve a better night’s rest; one being hypnosis. Hypnosis is a widespread technique used to help those suffering from sleep disorders. It works by creating a trance-like state of mind, which allows you to experience deep relaxation, focused attention, and a greater openness to suggestion. It can also help you let go of negative stress in order to achieve quality sleep.
For more information on hypnosis and how it can help you sleep soundly, contact us at 540.222.1715.
Author: Patience Itson