Zombies are everywhere. You might even be one. No, not The Walking Dead kind. But what else do you call it when a third of American adults have trouble sleeping to the point where they don’t often get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest each night?
When it’s 2 A.M. and you’re still staring at the ceiling, it’s easy to chalk it up to the extra-shot latte you guzzled that afternoon or being stressed about an upcoming work presentation. If you can fix your trouble sleeping by addressing the habits you think are at fault, great. If you can’t, you need to bring in medical reinforcements.
“There’s a perception that if you make your room dark enough and buy the right mattress, you can sleep well,” board-certified sleep medicine doctor and neurologist W. Christopher Winter, M.D., of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It, tells us. “But people need to realise that, in some cases, there may be a limit to what you can do yourself.”
Not getting sufficient rest can affect every part of your life.