Debt: The Silent Epidemic
by Mary I. O'Sullivan, M.S.
Do you have trouble sleeping or know
someone who does? Most of us have difficulty sleeping at one
time or another. In fact, sleep problems are the second most
often reported medical complaint, the first being pain. Sleep
debt is now being called the "silent epidemic."
Current estimates are that more than 60 million Americans, or
approximately one in three adults, experience inadequate sleep
which affects daily activities and 32% of our total population
has serious insomnia.
Inadequate sleep has become such a pervasive problem that we
now accept it as a normal part of life. The problem is
widespread, with few recognizing how serious it is! The National
Sleep Foundation's Medical Director Dr. Allan Pack states:
The frantic pace of modern society is leaving more
Americans awake when they shouldn't be. Pressure to work often
supercedes sleep as a priority. Restful sleep is as important
as exercise or a healthy diet in maintaining overall health.
But in spite of evidence showing the value of sleep, few
Americans are acting to get the rest they need.
A recent report from the National Institutes of Health
stated, inadequate sleep or nonrestorative sleep has major
implications for our productivity, health and well-being. Lack
of sleep restricts our effectiveness on the job. Researchers
investigating the effects of lost sleep on workers' performance
find that often learning, memory and problem-solving skills are
impaired and communication skills suffer. Fatigue affects our
ability to concentrate. We make more mistakes and often
experience difficulties with personal and co-worker
Sleep loss has many other serious consequences. Too little
sleep wears down our immune system, and we become more
susceptible to illness. The less sleep we have, the more stress
we feel, and the harder it is to relax. Instead, we feel tense
and tired most of the time.
If you're a troubled sleeper, please try our Gift of
Sleep™ CD program.
Our unique approach for improving sleep quality has been used
successfully by thousands. It works by helping you establish new
positive sleep habits and allowing you to gently overcome any
stress-related insomnia. If you're a chronic insomniac, it may
take a little longer for positive results to occur, since your
negative sleep habits have been reinforced for a longer time.
But if you're willing to try it , our program will work!
Listen to what Lorraine from Massachusetts has to say about Gift
Mary, I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I am
enjoying the River CD. I've been using it for a couple of
weeks now and have noticed that I am sleeping somewhat better.
Although I am still getting up several times a night, I am
able to fall asleep faster and have even started to dream. It
has been an extremely long time (15-20 years) since I have
enjoyed a restful period of sleep. I can't thank you enough
for this wonderful product. I only hope that as time goes on,
the sleep will continue to be deeper and more restful. I
highly recommend this product to anyone with insomnia.
— L.W.; E. Bridgewater, MA