America is Sleep Deprived
Most Americans only get between 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night. People really need 7 to 8 hours of sleep and teenagers need even more. In a recent survey 95% of the people surveyed used some type of electronic device such as televisions, computers, or video game an hour before going to bed most nights during the week. This can affect sleep because the artificial light emitted can actually inhibit the release of melatonin and disrupts the sleep onset process. Removing computers, televisions, and other electronic devices out of the bedroom would be a good idea. Finding other ways to wind down at the end of the day could make a big difference in falling asleep easier. Americans are so busy that they have a hard time falling asleep. Taking a look at what changes you can make in your life can have a great affect on how well you sleep. Dr. Len and Vicki have some good tips to help you fall asleep.