Sleep loss widespread – Do you toss and turn at night, yearning for a good night's sleep? According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 50-70 million American adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder that can affect their lives in serious ways.
Sleep deprivation costs society – Car accidents, industrial disasters, occupational and medical errors as well as reduced quality of life and productivity are also linked to sleep deprivation.
Train your brain instead – Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, helped chronic insomnia patients to go to sleep 20 minutes faster and stay asleep longer, improving sleep efficiency by almost 10 percent. CBT is a psychological treatment that focuses on changing specific behaviors and thinking processes.
Avoid bad habits – For example, CBT would work on your bad habits, removing the factors that might condition your mind to resist sleep. You'd learn to set a consistent bed time and wake time, to avoid naps, and to only use the bed when you are going to sleep or being intimate with a partner.
Create new calming habits – Good sleep hygiene, say the experts, also looks at your basic lifestyle habits. So, for example, you don't want to smoke or drink too much or have caffeine late in the day. You want to be sure you're getting regular exercise. Yoga