of not having enough of it. For some, initiating sleep is as easy as closing the eyes to shut out the world. For others, who have difficulty sleeping, they would give the world for it to come so easily. I write this for those who have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep, or feel their sleep is not effective in some way.
If you struggle with this, you must realize, that you are not alone. About a third of Americans complain of difficulty sleeping at least a few nights a week, a few times a month. Initiating sleep or maintaining sleep has many causes and explanations. The term ‘insomnia’ is used for those who have this trouble. The frustrations they feel, and the hours they seem to waste before restful sleep comes, are compounded by the knowledge of their next day’s activities. Morning will come too soon, and they know they will have difficulty getting through the day after a restless night. When seeking a solution, there are too-numerous-to-count suggestions on what to do for help. It is hard to know what are good and reliable helps to use. I want to give an insight as to what I have observed over the past 13 years watching people sleep in a controlled environment. There are choices that people make that add to the difficulties the body and mind has to overcome for sleep. They also turn to certain helps that, in reality, do not. I want to summarize some of these misconceptions and suggest other helps that people have used successfully to attain a good nights sleep.
Follow me as I discuss some of these difficulties and problems with good sleep, as well as some Smart steps you can take for improvement. After all, that is our common goal—to live (and rest) better.