Who doesn't have the occasional sleep problems? But a sizable percentage of Americans--experts estimate between 20 to 50 percent--have something called acute insomnia. Sleep specialists define acute insomnia as being unable to doze off, or stay asleep, at least three nights a week lasting between two weeks and three months. If you don't get help for this type of insomnia after three months, it can turn serious--and that's bad for your health, physical, mental, and emotional.
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But according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, who are presenting their research this week at SLEEP 2016, an annual conference, there is something you can do to nip your insomnia in the bud. In fact, sleep experts say this trick helps 80 percent of people.
The trick: Get out of bed--and stay out. So, for example, if you hit the hay at 11 PM and wake up at 4 AM instead of 6:30, start your day then. (We know....but maybe you can catch up on your reading.) Or if you can't fall asleep at 11 PM and spend two hours tossing and turning, then go to bed at 1 AM the following night. Doing the opposite--trying to maximize your time in the sack--creates a mismatch between your sleep needs and the opportunities for snoozing. That creates insomnia, according to the experts.
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For some sleepy-time inspiration, click through the photos of these adorable snoozing couples--kids and pets--in the gallery below.
They're almost kissing in their sleep, and it makes us feel like our hearts grew three sizes! via Imgur
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