Needing help with your sleep? Your not alone. Up to 70 million Americans consistently have trouble sleeping. With three out of ten adults dealing with some from of insomnia, it stands to reason that both the managed-care health system and big pharma would have the motivation to find a cure.
A newly released study has revealed that the emotional brain circuitry in sufferers of insomnia operate differently than that of a control group of normal sleepers.
A recent study has found a causal link between moderate to high risk of suicide and sleep deprivation. It furthered that for every one hour increase in quality sleep, there was a 72 percent decrease in suicidal idealization.
Of all the human conditions, sleep and insomnia are perhaps the most mysterious. Scientist’s are guessing as to why we sleep, and for what purposes, but one thing is certain, without out a sufficient amount of it, everyone is more or less heading for trouble.
The human sleep system is quite complicated. We are not wired for perfect sleep night after night. Our circadian sleep clocks will deliberately create small amounts of sleep deprivation to “set up” a better nights sleep for the following cycle. This ebb and flow can sometimes confuse people in thinking they have an insomnia problem when they actually don’t. Over time, this confusion, mixed with anxiety, can create a kind of phobia about not sleeping and produce an insomnia problem where none would otherwise exist.
A new study by Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University has shown a link between a specific type of hopelessness and chronic insomnia.
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