Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 2002
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
More stress, less rest
Have you been lying in bed wide-eyed, watching the clock change
to 4:00 a.m.? If so, you’re hardly alone, according to the National
Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org). In fact, stress is keeping half
the country up at night.
A poll conducted Oct. 1 through Nov. 13 by the Washington,
D.C.-based organization found that 44 percent of Americans had
trouble falling asleep following Sept. 11, and 48 percent woke up
frequently during the night. The great majority of the nearly 1,000
respondents 71 percent said anxiety was keeping them awake.
Both the inability to fall asleep and frequent waking in the
night are symptoms of insomnia. Sleep experts recommend setting and
sticking to a nighttime routine, including winding down in the last
two hours before bed, and keeping your bedroom free of distractions
such as television and work-related materials.
In addition, sources caution, over-the-counter sleep aids should
be used only short-term, if at all, since their effects can
diminish over time and they can become habit-forming.
• Martha Cooke
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