Sleep Disorders - not seen simply by not obtaining 8 hours...

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Sleep Disorders 1. Insomnia - chronic problem with obtaining a sufficient amount of sleep. There are 3 basic patterns of insomnia: a) initial problems falling asleep b) difficulty remaining asleep c) persistent early awakenings Although many people believe they are insomniacs, most are not (pseudoinsomnia). There is a high rate of false belief in insomnia for several reasons. The main reason is the erroneous belief that we must get 8 hours of sleep. Many sleep experts (including several that I have worked with) insist that 8 hours is the required minimum for the "normal" adult human to obtain in order to function properly. However, the research simply does not support this. It is true that some cognitive functioning is slightly hindered, but overall, not obtaining 8 hours of sleep is NOT going to cause you major problems. Now, it may make you very tired, and the feelings of drowsiness may then result in problems, but physiological deficits due to sleep deprivation are
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Unformatted text preview: not seen simply by not obtaining 8 hours of sleep a night. Sorry. In addition to the myth of 8 hours, there are a couple of other reasons many people believe they have insomnia: 1) people frequently overestimate how long it takes to fall asleep. 2) when a person has had problems falling asleep (even if the problems are only imagined), they often spend time laying in bed worrying about not sleeping. Doing this produces anxiety, which in turn, reduces the likelihood that you will fall asleep. As you can see, Insomnia is not a physical problem but a psychological one. So, how do we correct it? the Solution: Sleep Hygiene: a) don't take naps during the day b) try to wake up at the same time each day - helps circadians c) only attempt to sleep when sleepy d) associate bed with sleep...
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY ps 101 taught by Professor - during the Spring '10 term at Montgomery.

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