by Ed Yourdon
They say sleep is the equalizer of all men (well, that and death). This is a true statement; everybody needs to sleep, and if this nightly ritual is continuously interrupted for someone, the consequences can be quite unfortunate.
What happens if you do not get enough sleep? In the worst case scenario, death is possible, but that requires an excessively long abstinence from sleep. Otherwise, lack of sleep causes irritation, short-term memory loss, and other cognitive difficulties.
Since sleep is such an important part of our lives, the problems of insomnia and other sleep problems are well addressed in society. One only has to turn on the television to see a barrage of commercials promoting the next big thing in sleep improvement.
Many people turn to pharmaceutical drugs as a way to help them fall asleep, and there are also many natural herbs out there such as cannabis that are more effective and carry less risk of dependency. All sleeping pills follow the same basics, in that they are depressants which slow everything down, which is a key part of falling asleep.
Being that all pills carry some risk of dependency, many people choose to avoid them altogether. There are a variety of techniques one can perform themselves to sleep better, such as meditation or eating certain foods before bed.
The number one factor that affects sleep is one’s bed. If you have a low quality bed, the quality of your sleep is going to be proportionally inferior. Considering that you spend upwards of twenty years asleep, you might as well have the best bed out there.
To fully combat any kind of sleep problem, it usually takes a number of different approaches to fully cure it. This is known as a synergistic approach, and like in all areas of medicine, it is often more effective than using one treatment alone.
Those without sleep problems take this restful period for granted, but without sleep, life can be truly horrible. Advances in sleep treatments are continuously being made, and hopefully we will reach a day when any sleep problem can be cured with near-perfect accuracy.
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