Getting enough good-quality sleep is essential to staying healthy and aging well. Certain sleep problems — for example, sleep apnea — require medical treatment. But these 10 simple steps can help you overcome general sleep difficulties, including insomnia.
Even people without insomnia can have trouble getting a good night’s rest. Many things can interfere with restorative sleep — crazy work schedules, anxiety, trouble putting down the smartphone, even what you eat and drink. The following three simple steps can help you sleep better:
Almost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another, reports the Harvard Medical School HealthBeat. Insomnia—the inability to sleep—isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.
A new study finds that people who suffer from insomnia have a greater heart attack risk than sound sleepers. The research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association was able to quantify the elevated risk for three separate symptoms of insomnia, compared with people who never or almost never experienced trouble sleeping: