The New Epidemic and How To Avoid It


There is a new epidemic that is now affecting more people than the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention label it the “public health epidemic”. That epidemic is none other than sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation is something every individual experiences, sometimes on a daily basis. Sleep deprivation can lead to inability to concentrate, retain information, and poor driving. How can one avoid sleep deprivation?

According to ways to fall asleep faster include:

  • Read a peaceful book before turning in
  • Cut down on sweets
  • Don’t exercise before turning in
  • Take a nice bath before going to bed
  • Don’t veg at the PC in the evenings
  • Have a light dinner
  • Avoid afternoon naps
  • Think of a loved one while falling asleep
  • Practice deep breathing in bed.
  • Spray lavender in your room
  • Avoid high caffeinated beverages
  • Pray for things that you are grateful for and don’t focus on stressful situations in your life
  • Stretch while in bed
  • Don’t watch scary or violent movies before going to bed
  • Count backwards

This list isn’t a solve-it-all for everyone but can be beneficial to those who are in high demand roles in their day-to-day lives. By improving our habits before and during bedtime, the epidemic of sleep deprivation, which has gripped this society for so long, will slowly begin to dissipate.

What are some ways you have found that help you fall asleep?

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