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Does it take you hours to fall asleep? Do you wake up several times during the night? Feeling irritable and depressed? It just might be insomnia. Here are ways to get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of!
Most adults need an average of 7 hours of sleep every night. Yet according to a recent Léger Marketing poll, 32 percent of Canadians are not getting this recommended number of hours due to a sleep disorder. Psychologist Charles Morin, Director of the Center of Studies on Sleep Disorders at Université Laval, and author of Vaincre les ennemis du sommeil (Conquer the Enemies of Sleep), says that chronic insomnia affects 10 to 15 percent of the population, especially women.
Insomnia is not a disease per se, but the symptom of an underlying problem. It is associated with poor health and impaired quality of life. That is why identifying the root cause is so important. If you suffer from insomnia, keep track of your sleep and try to be mindful of any lifestyle issues that may be connected to your sleep problem. Then talk to a healthcare professional about it.
Eat a light dinner that will be easy to digest. Just make sure you are eating enough calories during the day so that you are not awakened by hunger.
Reduce – or better yet, eliminate – coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol and cigarettes. Remember that alcohol disrupts sleep states and undermines quality of sleep.
Le manque de sommeil, cause d’hypertension et d’obésité, Protégez-Vous, April 2011. (In French only)
L’«approche cognito-comportementale» au secours de l’insomnie, Protégez-Vous, April 2011. (In French only)
Pas de tablette sous la couette, Protégez-Vous, September 2012. (In French only)
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