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Being Short On Sleep Is Not The Same As Being A Short Sleeper

Sleeping less than six hours per night has become commonplace for many people. Although this is not enough sleep for most, researchers have found that there is actually a small subset of the population that can do with less sleep. These are the short sleepers and despite getting less than 75% of the amount of sleep that most others get, they are able to function well. They do not feel tired when they wake up and they do not need coffee or other stimulants to keep them going. Short sleepers are thought to have a gene mutation that allows them to sleep less. This is in stark contrast to those who are short of sleep by choice or by circumstance. These people do not get the sleep they require and often turn to high-caffeine drinks or naps to get through their day. Sadly, over a third of the population falls into this category. Sleep deprivation has many negative health consequences. Ensuring that you get the right amount of sleep is essential to achieving physical and emotional well-bein

Melatonin May Not Be Your Best Bet For Insomnia

When it comes to the treatment of insomnia, there are a lot of options to choose from. Many people looking for a "natural" approach will turn to melatonin as their first line of defence. The truth is that this may not be the best choice, and here's why.... Melatonin is a sleep-promoting hormone that is naturally produced by the body in response to darkness. It is an important regulator of the circadian rhythm, the body's internal clock. Research has demonstrated that taking supplemental melatonin is best for those who have a disrupted circadian rhythm, such as shift workers and people travelling between time zones. There is also evidence that melatonin can be an effective treatment for those on the autism spectrum who suffer from sleep problems. When it comes to the management of insomnia, the best approach is to first identify the cause. Insomnia can have a number of causes including stress, a poor bedtime routine, misinformation about sleep, pain, hyperthyroidis
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