If you struggle falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, and this persists for a few days, a few weeks or longer, you suffer from sleeplessness, a serious disorder that robs your body of the rest it requires to re-energize you physically, mentally and emotionally. A typical form of sleeplessness, also referred to as insomnia, occurs when you wake up during the night, realize you are wide-awake when you should be sleeping and then become anxious. The anxiety causes adrenaline to flood the system and adrenaline prompts the body into action – the opposite of what you need for effective sleep.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Sleeplessness affects all age groups. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that about 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. The National Sleep Foundation reports that disordered sleep – difficulty falling asleep, light sleep or nonrestorative sleep for several nights or more weekly – affects nearly two-thirds of American adults at some point. It’s believed that sleeplessness increases as we grow older. More than half of older Americans have trouble sleeping and think it’s a part of aging. It’s not.
Sleep problems in the elderly are not a normal part of aging
It contributes to an increased risk of accidents, falls and chronic fatigue.
Our children and teens, too, are having trouble sleeping. Difficulty falling asleep is the most common complaint among adolescents. In a national survey on the sleep patterns of U.S. adolescents ages 11-17, the 2006 Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation found only 20% of adolescents were getting the recommended nine hours of sleep on school nights and 45% slept less than eight hours.
What’s Causing Your Sleeplessness?
Stress is a leading cause of abnormal sleep patterns. Research shows it is a common trigger for both short-term and chronic insomnia. Stress can result from health concerns, depression and anxiety among other things, but perhaps the most insidious cause is the fast paced world in which we live. Technology, world events and our ever-increasing knowledge about our world and the universe seem to have put time on a relentless treadmill and keeping up can wear out even the most determined among us. Scientific research by the HeartMath Institute shows stress creates incoherence in our heart rhythms, and when the heart is out of sync normal sleep patterns can be interrupted.
Up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress. Additionally, a large body of research confirms our thoughts and emotions have a dynamic effect on our health and vitality.”
A HeartMath TIP:
Before settling down for the night, take five minutes to try these simple steps adapted from the HeartMath Attitude Breathing® tool.
Focus on your heart as you breathe in. Focus on your solar plexus as you breathe out.
Concentrate on a positive feeling or attitude as you breathe.
Lock in this feeling.
As you become adept at this technique select new feeling and attitudes.
Benefits of Restful Sleep
Wake up feeling rested, refreshed and ready for the new day
Increased mental awareness, concentration, focus
Body energized, alert; less potential for accidents
Reduced risk of illness, disease
HeartMath techniques are demonstrated to provide powerful stress-reduction benefits in carefully designed scientific studies that are supported by a documented reduction in damaging stress hormones.
Tools For Solving Sleeplessness
Although most people know how poorly they feel and perform following a sleepless night, few know what to do about it. The HeartMath System has devoted many years of research into finding solutions that can help you overcome sleeplessness.
HeartMath® Solution for Better Sleep Guide e-Booklet: If you’ve had trouble sleeping lately, this HeartMath e-booklet can help. This simple five step program will help you reset your body’s natural rhythms so you can sleep deeply again and wake up more refreshed and renewed.
» Learn MoreemWave® Solution for Better Sleep: Wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce the stress in your life that commonly leads to sleeplessness? This scientifically validated, handheld stress reliever uses colorful LED displays, audio feedback and a powerful stress relief technique to help you significantly reduce your stress and increase your feelings of well-being.
» Learn MoreemWave®: Regular use of this scientifically validated, stress-relief technology has proven to be a vital tool in reducing anxiety, stress, anger, emotional chaos and boosting energy and vitality. The emWave technology is easy to use and noninvasive. It will help you achieve heart coherence – synchronization between the heart and brain – and reach your optimal physical, mental and emotional balance. When your emotions are in balance, you stop the energy drain and start the energy gain. Then, by practicing the easy-to-learn techniques you’ll receive with your emWave only minutes a day will help you revitalize and re-energize your mind, body and spirit anytime, anywhere.
» Learn MoreemWave® Pro: emWave Pro turns your computer into a self-contained heart-rhythm-coherence monitor and manager. It lets you see how thoughts and emotions affect your heart rhythms – negative ones pulling you down and draining your energy, positive ones lifting you up and allowing your body to perform its normal function of replenishing your energy. Discover how easily you can reduce your stress level and replace those negative emotions with positive ones that, with a little practice, can give you instant energy boosts and gradually help build a more invigorated you. Relying on decades of scientific research, the emWave Pro, in tandem with key HeartMath techniques that you’ll receive and easily learn, will help you increase your energy and start living life more fully.
» Learn MoreQuick Coherence® Technique: Use this powerful technique to reduce the stress that’s keeping you awake at night. Quick Coherence will help you refocus your emotions anytime during the day and connect you with your energetic heart. You’ll learn to relieve worry, fatigue and tension. Improve your emotional, mental and physical balance during the day so you’re prepared for restful sleep at night.