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Why Don’t We Sleep Enough?

14 July, 2011


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“Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night… without the satisfaction.”  Lynn Johnston

There are many reasons why we don’t get enough sleep.  In these days of global economic uncertainty, you may be at risk of losing your job, or already be out of work and concerned about how you are going to pay the bills.

You may be stressed for some other reason: perhaps a loved one is sick or a relationship is going wrong.  You may be living on a flight path or above a restaurant with the constant odor of chip fat in your nostrils.  You may have a new baby or a partner who snores.


How Much Sleep Do We Need?

12 June, 2011

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.”  Wilson Mizener

“Even where sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing.”  Homer

The specific amount of sleep required varies from person to person.  Florence Nightingale, Margaret Thatcher and Napoleon Bonaparte were said to be able to operate perfectly well on 4 or 5 hours a night.


Are you really an insomniac? Answer these 11 questions to find out.

5 June, 2011

Take our Sleep Quiz to find out if you suffer from insomnia.  The questions are based on typical insomnia signs which will help determine whether you an insomniac.

The word “insomnia” is often over- or misused.  If you have the occasional bad night (who doesn’t?) but sleep just fine most of the time, then you don’t suffer from insomnia.

Insomnia signs are characterized by persistent sleep disturbance and poor quality sleep at night and is typically followed by functional impairment during the day.

Answer the following 10 questions to find out if you may be suffering from insomnia.

Why spring is not such a great time of year for sleep and what you can do about it PART DEUX.

2 June, 2011

In my last post, we celebrated the coming of spring, but also reminded ourselves about how increased daylight hours can prevent us from getting enough sleep.

Today, we look at another hazard associated with the time of year.  ‘Tis the season for allergies.  Symptoms can include:


Sleep in the city. Where you live can affect how you sleep.

2 June, 2011

“Let there be a panorama of open eyes and bitter inflamed wounds.  Out in the world, no one sleeps.  No one.  No one.  I’ve said it before. No one sleeps.” Federico Garcia Lorca : “City Without Sleep”

A recent poll of over half a million Americans has shown a direct link between the city in which they live and the quality of their sleep.

Amongst the findings of the “Sleep in the City” study, conducted by Bert Sperling, Minneapolis was ranked as the best place for restful sleep, Detroit was identified as the least likely city to wake up refreshed and New York City is notorious for being “the city that never sleeps.”


Why spring is not such a great time of year for sleep

1 June, 2011

Why spring is not such a great time of year for sleep and what you can do about it.

“For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Spring has finally sprung, and another long, cold, dark winter is drawing to a close.  Daffodils, cherry blossom and hawthorn add to the colour and freshness of the season.  It is a time of renewal, optimism and rebirth: it is the time for birds to mend their nests from last season and tenderly rear their chicks.  It is the time for lambing and for many flowering plants to bloom.

It is a beautiful time of year, but for many insomniacs, it can also bring its own challenges.  During spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt towards the sun, resulting in a rapid extension of daylight hours in the northern hemisphere.

No longer do our sleeping hours correspond to periods of complete darkness.  For many of us, we are now woken by the morning sun and the chirping of birdsong.  And we quite possibly turn in before the last rays of the evening have sunk below the horizon.


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