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Headache Causes: Try to get a good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep is very important to keep away headaches. “Sleep is one of the most basic and universal activities in which we all engage. Yet, getting to sleep, staying asleep, and waking refreshed can be highly elusive to most of us some of the time, and many of us all of the time.”

The National Sleep Foundation reports (2002) that America is on the verge of a poor sleep epidemic, characterized by the following eye-opening statistics:

Bullet point 64% of American adults get less than the eight hours of sleep that experts recommend is required to maintain optimal physical, mental, and emotional health.

Bullet point One-third of the US population says they get less sleep now than they did five years ag.

Bullet point One-half of Americans have experienced insomnia (sleeplessness)

Bullet point Drowsiness due to a lack of a proper night of sleep interferes with the daily activities of 37 percent of all adults.

You need peace and quiet to get enough sleep and so you should take care to see that there are no physical disturbances. Turn the ring tone of your telephone to the lowest possible volume.

Do not worry about important calls; if the calls are so important, then the caller will call back later when you have turned up the volume. Try to cut out other disturbances by wearing ear muffs or eye blinds. Do not read in bed before you sleep, in all likelihood you will drift off to sleep with the lights on and after sometime the same light will wake you up.

Do not oversleep. Oversleeping is just as bad as not getting enough sleep. If you sleep too much or for too long you will wake up with a very woozy feeling and that will most likely turn into a headache. Our body tells us when it has had enough sleep.

Listen to the cue and get up, do not succumb to the temptation to just lay in bed.

Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Studies have shown that this is the requirement for most healthy adults. Examine your daily schedule to see how you can rearrange your day to ensure the right amount of sleep.

Try to cut out television and other non-necessary activities. Stay away from sedatives. Sedatives are not a solution to your sleep problems. Many of them are addictive and their medicine will eventually stop working for you.

Sedatives also affect the time that you wake up. You might get a good night’s sleep when you take sedatives, but the chances are rare that you will wake up refreshed.

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