Whether your insomnia is occasional or frequent, you know how distressing it is. What's the best course of action? How do you know if sleeping pills or other sleep aids are safe enough for regular use?
If you need help getting a good night's sleep, but don't want to take medication, an herbal supplement may be just what you're looking for. Here are the facts on the herbs most commonly used to induce sleep.
If sleep debt becomes too great, it causes sleepiness and can negatively affect performance, concentration, reaction time, memory, mood, and behavior control. A teen’s physical growth can even be affected by a chronic lack of sleep, since growth hormone is most active during sleep.
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"Most of us need eight hours of sound sleep to function at our best, and good health demands good sleep," explains Thomas Roth, PhD, Health and Scientific Advisor of the National Sleep Foundation. The problem: Americans are averaging only about seven hours of sleep a night.
Do you sleepwalk or talk in your sleep? Have you ever experienced a night terror? If so, you've experienced a phenomenon called "parasomnias." Here's more about what parasomnias are, why they occur, and how you can handle them.