Sleep crisis in America?

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  1. SpeedoGuy

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    A recent article in the newspaper stated that U.S. doctors wrote 42 million prescriptions for sleeping pills in 2005, up 60% from 2000.

    The question arises: Is America really as sleep-deprived as polls and surveys imply? Do Americans commute and work too many hours? Do they exist in as stressed-out a state as it seems? Or is the so-called sleep crisis all hype being pushed by drug companies to sell more pills?

    As for me I get about 6 hours a night and generally do pretty well. I should probably sleep more but I usually burn up that extra hour on LPSG.

    Comments? Who else is not getting enough sleep?
     
  2. dong20

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    Getting up in the morning is my problem. More seriously I don't feel that my quality of sleep is what it used to be. I think background stress plays a part as does being somewhat out of shape physically.

    I only once took sleeping pills, and they were herbal, sadly they only kicked in about an hour before I needed to go to work and the results were nothing to be proud of.

    EDIT:Actually twice, I forgot I did once by accident when I was about 18, I thought it was a 'perk you up pill' and as I was studying for A levels I tried it, never in my life has it been sooo hard to stay awake, made worse because I was at school, to this day I don't know if I did nod off but the whole day was a blur.
     
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    I know that I don't get enough sleep, right now I am lucky to get 5 hours a night. With finals approaching it is going to be even worse. Summers I usually run on 4 hours a night and do alright.

    I don't think all the sleep pills are needed though, people try to find a drug for everything thinking it will solve all their problems.
     
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    ahhh let 'em gorge themselves on their silly pills and shit, at least it lowers their life expectancy. if they need to sleep that badly they should just drink more.
     
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    It happens that Monday night I'm reporting to a sleep clinic because I have sleep apnea. I sleep no more than 3-4 hours at night and make up for it by napping 2-3 hours during the day. I'm always tired, reluctant to do the most mundane chores around the house and prone to fall asleep at the most importune times.

    A sleeping pill would probably knock me out for 8 hours were I to take one but it would not be the answer to my problem which is the inability to reach the proper sleep levels for a balanced rest: I apparently go from light sleep to the very deepest sleep without the necessary transitional stages that the healthy sleeper enjoys.

    I'll find out for sure tomorrow night.
     
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    Doesn't anyone wank before they sleep?

    I mean, just dream of the LPSG gallery and away you go!
     
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    I sometimes have insomnia. My mind races always and when I have a ton of shit on my mind, I will wake at 3AM and be up until my normal rising time (between 5-7). When I was an Assistant Principal, this was the norm for 2.5 years.

    I finally explored accupuncture and it has helped me tremendously in this regard. After a treatment, I often will sleep straight through the night for the next 2-4 days. The difference in my energy level and mood (with a combination of exercise) was incredible.

    @ Pecker--
    I have a close friend who suffered from sleep apnea and went in for a sleep study. Doctors concluded that he had never slept for more than 10-15 minutes at a time in his life (he was 25 at the time). They performed surgery to remove adnoids and other airway obstructions--they feared he would die in his sleep from suffocation is they did not. He now enjoys more restful sleep.

    Good luck with your study.
     
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    I have had isolated periods of disrupted sleep over the years. Usually just a day or two, not chronic enough to be called insonmia and usually for the same reasons as you. As I've got older I have found it a little easier to switch off but I have on occasion woken up at 3am (why is it always 3am?) with a solution to a problem that had been bugging me or sadly sometimes another problem I'd missed.

    I heard acupuncture was effective but it's never got to a point where I felt I needed to take any further action than a good workout and a break from day to day stuff. I'm glad it worked for you and I'll bear it in mind for the future.
     
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    That's the problem I face at times. Too many worries on my mind can rob me of restful sleep. Thankfully, stress related sleep loss is not a constant demon for me but it does crop up at times. Can't say I like it much.

    Pecker:

    I've had several friends and relatives suffer from sleep apnea. On those nights I slept in their homes I could hear stop-and-start snoring, coughing, tossing-turning and ominous breath lapses. I hope your sleep study helps.
     
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    I know there are a few guys on this forum who must not get enough sleep as they seem to be on here 24 hours a day, right ALex, Tallguy, Pecker??
     
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    Someone can have the board open in an internet browser and not be "here." I often have a tab open most of the day (the beauty of FireFox).

    I actually did not go for sleeplessness, I went for racing thoughts and general relaxation. It worked like a charm AND helped me sleep.
     
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    because doctors have to push all kinda pills or else they will lose all the free stuff they get from the drug companies
     
  13. Dr Rock

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    i think that's a different thing altogether. i get insomnia all the time, but it doesn't affect the quality of my sleep when i do crash.
     
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    Well I don't sleep well, ever, then again my shifts change alot. When I do sleep, I wake up tired and spend the day tired, and never feel rested.
     
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