One in four American adults experiences acute insomnia each year, researchers have found.
“We found that chronically sleep-deprived individuals don’t perceive themselves as being excessively sleepy and thus don’t perceive themselves as impaired,” said lead author Dr. Daniel Gottlieb.
People with metabolic syndrome were twice as likely to die from heart disease and stroke than people without it — if they also failed to get more than six hours of sleep.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) is recommended for insomnia; it helps people change both their beliefs and their behaviors about sleep.
Dr. Michael Howell: “We sleep because we feel better when we wake up. We’re less tired. We’re more restful. We’re more alert. We can respond quicker. Our reaction times are faster.”