You’ve heard all the insane stories…people sleep-driving, sleep-cooking, and sleep-exercising. Yes, “hypnotic” sleep aids like Ambien and Lunivia (Lunesta in the US) have caused some unusual behaviour. Now we’ve learned it’s even worse. Because those who use sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunivia as little as 18 times per year are more than THREE times more […]
Last summer, 68-year-old US film director Tony Scott committed suicide. He jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles. Scott was successful and well liked. Friends say he was enthusiastic about several big projects he had in the pipeline. Early reports speculated that he had inoperable brain cancer. That turned out to be a false rumour. […]
People who have difficulty sleeping at night or staying awake during the day may suffer from more than just a sleep disorder. According to a US study conducted by Dr. Clifford G. Risk, from the Marlborough Center for Sleep Disorders, people with a sleep disorder may suffer from multiple underlying conditions, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, that are reflected during sleep and disrupt the sleep process.
Of this Dr. Risk said: “Patients with sleep disorders, who are not assessed for additional conditions, may continue to suffer from significant health problems… When seeing a specialist about a sleep disorder, patients should inform their health-care provider of any related conditions that could be contributing to their sleeping difficulties.”
Further research shows that one in ten people suffer from insomnia every night. This is according to Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, Medical Director of the London Sleep Centre, who says that insomnia is caused either by stress, anxiety, being overweight or use of alcohol and that it can lead to depression, anxiety and a compromised immune system.
Not getting your forty winks has also been linked to high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and psychological stress – all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Without stating the obvious, it is clear that poor sleeping habits can easily push you into a downward spiral that can have a knock-on effect in all areas of your health.