A New Test Can Help You Sleep Again

You lay your head down on the pillow. Its 10:00 pm. Your body is tired but your mind races. 11:00 pm rolls around. The thoughts in your mind continue to keep you awake. And now anxiety sets in. “If I don’t fall asleep soon, I’m going to be tired all day…”

Sound familiar?

You are not alone. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that 64% of individuals surveyed experience a sleep disruption more than once per week. Over 40% report sleep disruption on a nightly basis. What keeps us from getting good sleep?

Sleep is an extremely complex process that is influenced by many factors in our external and internal environments. Our brains are ultimately responsible for processing the external and internal information and transitioning the mind and body into sleep. To make the transition, our brains use chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters and hormones, to “shut off” brain pathways that keep us awake. Continue reading “A New Test Can Help You Sleep Again”

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