image_insomniaThe inability to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night is known as insomnia. Sleep difficulties like this affect nearly 70 million Americans each year. That’s roughly 33% of the population. If the condition persists for more than a month it is considered chronic. This is the case for 1 in 20 people in America today.

Many people regard sleep deprivation as only a minor nuisance and not a genuine health concern. This thinking is very wrong. Going without sleep severely reduces the effectiveness of the body’s immune system. Lack of sleep will inhibit tissue repair and healing, especially the muscle and tendonous tissues. Also, getting too little sleep can spike morning blood pressure and lead to transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or stroke. Sleep deprivation also leads to adrenal exhaustion and chronic health problems such as Chronic Fatigue.

According to the US Department of Transportation, 200,000 sleep-related accidents claim more than five thousand lives and produce hundreds of thousands of injuries. It is estimated that sleep problems account for $16 billion of the total health care cost in the U.S. each year.

Causes of insomnia are varied:

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