Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep...

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  1. ProHealth

    ProHealth Member

    ...But Were Too Tired to Ask
    by Karen Lee Richards*
    March 8, 2012

    The beginning of health is sleep." So says an old Irish proverb. Yet according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder and another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.

    If sleep truly is the beginning of health, is it any wonder we have a healthcare crisis? This vast number of sleep disorders costs the U.S. an estimated $16 billion a year in medical costs alone. When lost productivity, accidents, etc. are figured in, the cost rises to about $100 billion annually.

    Sleep dysfunction is common in many disorders including fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, cancer and mental illness. An interesting question to consider is which came first – did the illness cause the sleep problem, or did the sleep dysfunction cause the illness? Regardless, improving sleep quality is a key factor in treating these disorders. Without adequate sleep, there is little hope for significant and lasting improvement.

    If you are having difficulty getting the quantity and quality of sleep you need and want, here are a few things that may help....

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