sleep - our best medicine, the brave why's, hows, won'ts, and wants of a restful 40 winks
Sleep, along with breathing, one of the most fundamental natural processes we all experience as living beings, and yet with all our mastery and technology, a process none of us can truly command…
nor do without …
we all spend a large part of our lives, at least a third – somewhere else –
most with absolutely no recollection of anything happening around us while we sleep,
let alone within us, during sleep.
What we do all recall vividly though, is not being able to sleep!
The Tossing and turning in an eternal fight for slumber and the consequence if it doesn’t come. We’ve studied it in depth, created Sleep councils, National Sleep Foundations, sleep myths & sleep mysteries... we've made up nursery rhymes, songs involving sand men, funded sleep labs to study those sleeping, mattresses that cost more than most small cars, we’ve even tried to scare ourselves to sleep with vampires, ware wolves and over sexed night prowling tiny tokoloshis
… in our quest for some decent shut eye, all to no avail...
Reliable stats for the majority of countries are always as rare as hens teeth, but we can count on the US to tell us that 40 million Americans alone each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders like insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, night terrors, sleepwalking and snoring WITH ONLY 35% saying they get enough sleep at night.
Addiction to sleeping medication is near global epidemic proportions .
Some 15.3m prescriptions were handed out in 2010/11 in the United Kingdom. In 2013, nearly 9 million Americans regularly used sleeping pills to help them sleep every night, as much as 21% had suicidal thoughts related to their drug use.
Sleep is blamed in more than 100,000 crashes and 1,500 deaths each year.
Corporatized “modern” medicine is always in pursuit of a magic bullet in the form of a patented, often expensive drug – because it is OUR preferred method of solving our problems. Sleep is treated SYMPTOMATICALLY i.e. if you can’t sleep you receive a pill that will falsely induce sleep. And sleep issues are predominantly treated as a physiological malfunction. At best the modern systems, including psychology, will acknowledge a link between the mental stressors and strains of modern living, or by stressful events
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