Now I know that most of you are probably the same as myself and would like to never hear the words ‘Economic Crisis’ ever again. However, the reality of it is that this worldwide situation is affecting you not only in terms of your wallets, but also your health.
I was handed an article the other day by one of my fellow natural health practitioners, which reported on a recent survey undertaken within Australia (article published by Panaxea). The study showed that a lot of Australians are currently suffering from poor sleep, with one-third of Australians saying their sleep problems are due to personal financial worries. Now a lot of you can probably relate to this and may be suffering from the exact same problem, laying in bed at night unable to fall asleep because your stress levels are too high, or you’re brain is continually ticking over trying to find new ways to get on top again. Some of you are probably even thinking that hey, a little lost sleep isn’t something to really worry about, and continue on about your life just pushing through it. Well the honest truth is that the quality of your sleep makes a huge difference to the quality of your life, and no matter what the reason for your sleepless nights, it should be addressed.
Just a couple of hours less sleep each night can throw your body out of whack and cause you to become run-down quite quickly, thus creating ill health within your body. Now the signs and symptoms may not be major ones straight away, however if nothing is done to correct this problem, you can be sure that it’s only a matter of time before they start to become more severe. Some of the things you may start to notice are getting a bit of a sniffle, bit of a cough or sore throat, feeling fatigued and lethargic, lack of concentration, sore or tight muscles, and so on. The fact is that our bodies have the design flaw of needing at least 7hrs sleep at night so that we can recharge and re-balance our bodies in order to be ready for what lays ahead of us the next day.
The research paper stated that most of the sleep deprived Australians who took part in the survey mentioned that they were much less likely to work efficiently, exercise, and eat healthily compared to their better sleeping counterparts. It also mentioned that the number of Australians reporting sleep problems has risen 13 percent in just the past 8 years, and in the same period of time, the number of Australians reporting that they are regularly getting 8 hrs sleep a night has dropped from 38 percent to 28 percent. Some of the other figures that were stated in this research paper are as follows:
- 35 percent said they sleep less than six hours a night.
- 41 percent said they have driven while sleepy.
- Almost one-third said that lack of sleep affected their work.
- One-third said lack of sleep caused emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression.
- 89 percent reported insomnia, and
- 14 percent reported sleep apnea.
As you can see from these stats, a few hours less sleep each night can really make a difference to your well being and overall quality of life, especially while on top of this you have the added pressures that we throughout the world are currently facing. Now I can’t fix the ‘Economic Woes of the World’, but I can tell you that Acupuncture is a treatment method that has survived through the ages, assisting people all around the world in relieving their symptoms and re-balancing their body in order to address the cause of their ill health. So if you are suffering from sleeplessness nights and are starting to notice your quality of health, and quality of life slipping, then maybe Acupuncture can be the key to helping you get back on track.