Can’t Catch Any Zs? 8 Things That Could Be Sabotaging Your Sleep

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Sleep: it’s what many Americans dream about all day, but what many still cannot obtain. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, highlighted by HealthCommunities.comabout 30 to 40 percent of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10 to 15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia. The inability to sleep is thus a problem experienced by many, but insomnia is more than just frustrating, it’s also potentially dangerous. Research has shown that a wide range of consequences are associated with insomnia, including increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.

Understanding the danger behind insomnia is enough to keep dreamers up all night, fraught with anxiety over getting the necessary shut-eye; however, maintaining certain practices and sleep rules still can help keep them from tossing and turning all night long. A lot of the time, Americans are sabotaging their sleep without even knowing it, so changing their pre-sleep routine is a simple fix to getting the necessary number of REM hours every night.

If you’re unsure whether you’re unknowingly ruining any hope you have of sleep, check out these eight ways that have been proven to keep Americans from dozing off into Never Never Land. Some habits have been cited time and time again, while others are more unexpected. Make sure you avoid these insomnia triggers if you’re ever trying to get any real shut-eye.

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