“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite…”
We’ve all heard this bedtime rhyme at one point or another. While bedbugs aren’t a huge concern in modern times— losing valuable sleep is still a nightmare for many of us. Replace the words ‘bedbugs bite’ with ‘next-door neighbors fight’ or ’emails give you fright’ and that’s a better description of what’s really robbing us of rest.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults should get at least seven hours of sleep per night. The organization reports that more than one third of Americans don’t even hit the minimum amount of sleep recommended. A 2018 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study revealed one in four Americans suffer from acute insomnia each year. Sleep deprivation is serious business and can lead to issues beyond just trouble sleeping. Johns Hopkins Medicine outlines just a few chronic and serious effects:
- Sleep deprivation can lead to a 48 percent increase in your chance of developing heart disease.
- Lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure.
- Insufficient sleep can lead to your brain aging by three to five years.
- Sleep deprivation can make you three times more likely to catch a cold.
- Not getting enough sleep means you’re at a greater risk for depression, anxiety, irritability, forgetfulness, and difficulty thinking clearly.
As medical professionals can confirm, not getting enough quality sleep will lead to a multitude of health issues if allowed to continue. So how can you help yourself get the recommended amount of sleep? Believe it or not— through sound.