Economy Impacting Sleep

POSTED: Friday, April 3, 2009 - 6:43am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

"I fall asleep, then I wake up and can never go back to sleep."

"Sleep disorders are extremely common. And really, at some point in time, everyone has a sleep disorder to some degree."

Especially now. Sleeplessness is a problem even during good times. But as Americans struggle to get new jobs or keep their old ones, restless nights are on the rise. Sleep Medicine Center, Dr. Matthew Abraham said an increase in prescription drugs is expected during tough times. But there are ways to cure it.

"With all the stress related to some people being concerned about work and environment, that will have an impact on your sleep and there are techniques to help treat. In some cases people require medication."

Prescriptions for sleeping meds topped 56 million last year, and IMS health said that number has more than doubled since 2004.

"It is stressful hard to get to sleep."

Abraham gave us some tips to help restless nights drift away.

"One of the most important things is patterns. Have to maintain a stable pattern."

You also want to avoid heavy meals before bed. Try not to nap. Stop drinking caffeine after noon, and avoid sugar late at night.