Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Sleep?

Most Americans are relatively obsessed with the idea of getting enough sleep. For instance, it isn’t uncommon to hear people complaining about having trouble sleeping. From college students to new parents, people always seem to be worried about whether or not they are sleeping enough during the night. Where does this sleep obsession come from? Is there any justification for people worrying so much about getting enough sleep?

At its core, this obsession has to do with the link between sleep and health. Countless studies have shown that failing to get enough sleep can have an adverse effect on your health. This is true for people of all ages. Once you understand the negative consequences of sleep deprivation, it is a lot easier to see why people are so concerned about making sure that they get an adequate amount of sleep.

For instance, did you know that people who don’t sleep well through the night are more likely to be overweight? Sleep deprivation can lead to increased cravings for junk food and sweets. Cravings are hard to resist when you are feeling exhausted. Because of that, you are a lot more likely to indulge in foods that are bad for you or to overeat when you haven’t been sleeping well. For people with chronic sleep problems, this can eventually lead to obesity.

Accidents are also far more likely to occur when you are sleep deprived. Every year, countless car accidents take place when drivers fall asleep behind the wheel. Other accidents involving heavy machinery, power tools, and even simple kitchen gadgets can lead to potentially serious injuries. When people are well rested, they are less likely to experience these types of accidents.

People who fail to sleep also enough have a higher risk of developing problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins, individuals who are chronically sleep deprived are nearly 3 times more likely to develop diabetes.

Failing to sleep through the night can also lead to a number of cognitive problems. Poor sleep habits can cause problems ranging from impaired memory to difficulty concentrating. Trying to stay focused on the task at hand is almost impossible if you are exhausted from not getting enough sleep. You probably have experienced this at one point or another. Trying to follow along with a conversation or learn new things when you are exhausted is definitely an uphill battle.

When you consider all of the negative consequences associated with not getting enough sleep, it is easy to understand why Americans are obsessed with sleep. For the average person, finding ways to get more sleep can lead to improved health, better cognitive function, and an overall happier outlook on life. Who wouldn’t want all of those things?

Fortunately, there are a lot of steps that people can take to sleep better at night. Investing in a good mattress is an excellent starting point. Sleeping is a lot easier when your body is not only comfortable but also well supported. Instead of laying awake dealing with pain or uncomfortable pressure points, you can sleep soundly through the night.

You should also focus on making your bedroom as conducive to sleep as possible. Begin by eliminating as much light as you can from the space. Exposure to light can make it a lot harder to sleep. Using blackout shades, turning off the television, and unplugging any night lights can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. Not only that, a good quality bed can help as well. The Layla Mattress Coupon Code and Discount Codes article talk about promo codes and coupons for anyone who is looking to upgrade. This may ultimately be the best choice if you want to improve your sleep.

Loud noises can also make sleeping more difficult. White noise generators may be able to help by blocking out unwanted sounds. If nothing else, you can try turning on a fan to see if the quiet, steady noise of the fan helps keep more distracting noises from disrupting your sleep.

Finally, consider coming up with a well-defined routine that you can perform at the same time each night before bed. For example, you may want to try turning off all of your devices and reading a book for 30 minutes before bed. This sends a signal to your brain that it is time to start getting ready to go to sleep.

Having a sleep obsession isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You just need to channel that obsession into making changes that will positively affect your sleep habits.

Why Eating Sugar Makes Us Sleepy – Should We Be Concerned?

Sugar as known for winding kids up and causing them to run around like they run on Energizer batteries. That’s what happens initially anyway, but soon comes the crash. The sugar crash is something we’ve all experienced. You get a little energy from the sugar, and then the crash makes you sleepy. I’m not so sure that sugar even gives adults any energy. Does it?

Sugary treats are so tasty though, and I love them for sure. There is ice cream and chocolate shell, apple pie and ice cream, blackberry cobbler and ice cream, etc. Does everything come with ice cream? That’s just a little corny joke, but hey, there are cookies, brownies, fudge, and well, all of that can come with ice cream, too. The point is sugar is scrumptious, but it can in general, and especially in large amounts, make you sleepy.

If you look at the science behind it, one factor in play is about the orexin levels in your brain. When they are lower, you can get tired, and sugar plays a role in lowering orexin levels. Yet there have been studies conducted that have shown protein can in fact cancel out those effects that sugar has on the brain. So what gives?

Protein can offset sugar, and the combination of foods we eat in terms of our meals matters. Yet that doesn’t exclude the fact that sugar has its individual effects on our bodies. In a general sense, it should be mentioned that fructose isn’t digested the same way other foods are. That got my attention.

Then there is the fact that we are all different in terms of how our bodies process food. There are millions of people that have diabetes, and there is also hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is all about low blood sugar levels. It is common for people to feel sleepy after eating sweets and/or starches. Yet if you experience this all the time and to an extreme, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor just to see if you have an underlying health issue with hypoglycemia as a symptom.

That’s not something to read and be worried about. As mentioned, we all get sleepy when eating sugar and starches. I do all the time. But our bodies are often good at telling us when something is wrong. That’s not always the case, but if you feel that hypoglycemia is making itself known to the point of concern, then you can easily check that out with your doctor.

That said, sugar sure does taste good. And it sure does cause people to crash. It’s not something you want to eat when you’re going to go for a long drive, that’s for sure. And in general, we all need to watch our sugar intake so that we’re consuming a balanced diet. Hey, we do our best, right? I have been off of sugar for awhile because of a fast, but I am likely going to dream about ice cream with chocolate shell now.

Why Money Can Cause Sleepless Nights And What To Do About It

There is an old saying: Money makes the world go round. No, no it doesn’t. Money is an object, and it is only good for doing business and taking care of financial matters in life. What’s important in life is what makes the world go round. But of course money is needed for doing many things, including affording a roof over your head and putting food on the table. That’s why money matters can sometimes cause sleepless nights for people.

People lose their jobs, bills become overdue, and all kinds of financial situations arise. Financial problems can take center stage if you allow them to do so. And quite frankly, it’s difficult not to worry about finances when everything has gone amuck, right?

While what I’m about to say isn’t going to erase any financial problems you have, it might indeed shed some perspective on what you’re going through. Let’s start with this simple statement: We live in the richest and freest country in the world. What we consider to be money problems don’t even compare to what some people are going through out there.

For some in this world, life has nothing to do with money. It’s all about survival and trying to forage for food. That’s just simply the truth. Our living in a different economic climate doesn’t necessarily make life easier, but it does count us as blessed. So first and foremost, we need to count our blessings.

I know that can be a hard pill to swallow when going through difficult financial times. In fact, people do lose jobs, lose homes and find themselves unable to budget their income based on outgoing expenses in general. Yet society wants to make us think that a certain level of living is expected of us.

That’s just simply not the case. Granted, when living in America, you want a roof over your head and food on the table. And there are plenty of homeless people out there. Things happen to us, and we also make financial mistakes. At the same time, we are constantly advertised to and live in a world that promotes ‘stuff.’

Everyone finds it difficult to put up with those advertisements and to make decisions about whether or not to climb the ladder. I for one started a stint not long ago where I wanted to be a minimalist. Suddenly, a few years later, I felt the urge to continue building once again from where I was at that point.

Truth be told, we are always building. Each of us has a different focus when need be, based on our circumstances. At the time, I felt like I had achieved my dream, and while finances were difficult, minimizing would suffice. Then suddenly, as I mentioned, I was able to build once again, passionately.

Through it all, I encountered many rough turns and even some major setbacks. At one point, I paid the property taxes so late that my dream condo was sold out from under me in a tax sale and had to be redeemed. God took care of that, and I have battled uphill through many other financial situations over the years. As a matter of fact, I still am doing so.

Each situation I face, I get stronger, worry less and work harder. You see, we sometimes think that everything is falling apart when it’s really an opportunity for growth. We makes mistakes, yes, and we do lose things. But God has the power to bless us beyond measure. We must look to him, and we must not let our financial situations dictate our happiness. Our faith and our relationships are what life is all about, and love is what’s most important. Don’t let money matters keep you up at night, no matter what. This too shall pass.

The Pros and Cons of Sleeping With Your Pets

Cuddling with your pets can be comforting. Your pets give you pure love and they don’t ask for anything in return. Your pets can keep you warm and they can also make your life more complete. Lots of people sleep with their pets and have positive experiences when they do so, but there are also some questions you have to think about before you make the decision to sleep with your pets.

Do You Have Allergies?

If you have allergies you might want to think twice about sleeping with your pets. Cats and dogs give off dander and they can make your allergies a lot worse. If you sleep with your pets and you are consistently waking up with a stuffy nose and a headache you might be allergic to your pets. If you are allergic to pet dander you never want to sleep with your pets.

Do You Wake Up Feeling Tired?

Many people sleep better when they share their bed with their pets and they have a higher quality of sleep. However, some pets can have a negative effect on the quality of your sleep and make it a lot harder to get the sleep you need. If your pet is scratching all night or getting in an out of bed, you might want to consider different sleeping arrangements. Some pets snore or they take over the bed and this can lead to a lack of sleep for you, so avoid sleeping with pets if they keep you up at night.

How Big Are Your Pets?

Sleeping with a pet can make you feel safer, but you probably don’t want to sleep with a dog that is so huge that he takes up the entire bed. Some dogs are almost as big as a person and they are not always the best dogs to share your bed with. The important thing is that you feel comfortable and that you are still able to enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you are constantly waking up because of your pet you shouldn’t share your bed with the pet. Consider getting a dog or cat bed that you place next to the bed. This will allow you to still be near your pet, but your sleep won’t be disturbed as much.

Consider the Age of Your Pets

Sleeping with puppies and kittens or pets that are very old can be challenging. Puppies and kittens want to play at night and they can also have accidents in your bed. Puppies can be a huge handful and they squirm around so much that it is going to be hard to sleep. Older pets can also cause a lot of problems when you are trying to sleep. Older pets often snore and they don’t always sleep well. They can move around in their sleep and they might have to get up at night to go to the bathroom or they might even have accidents in your bed.

Older pets can have problems getting in and out of the bed and you might need to get up at night to help them in and out of the bed if they can’t climb in anymore. This is going to cut into the amount of sleep you get. Your pets are probably going to want to sleep with you as they get older so consider buying them an orthopedic bed that you keep next to yours.

Sleeping with pets can work, but it can also have a negative effect on your sleep. If you start having problems when you are sleeping with your pets you will need to make other sleeping arrangements for them.

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