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By Amanda McKinney, Senior
It's the night before a really big test. You have studied all afternoon and you feel confident you will do great. You want to get to bed early so you can be fresh tomorrow morning for the test. At 10:30pm you turn your light off and close your eyes. However, you soon realize that you're not sleepy. So you might turn the TV on for awhile and try to doze off, yet nothing happens. Constantly you are looking at the clock to see what time it is. You try everything from counting sheep to playing soft music, yet you can't doze off.
We all experience sleepless nights, however they can become a problem if experienced frequently. Sleeping problems can lead to feelings of ill-being, fatigue, and impaired concentration during the day. A normal, healthy individual needs 5 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adult Americans experience sleeping problems. People with sleeping problems may experience:
You may be wondering what exactly causes sleeping problems. Well, there are a number of reasons, varying with individuals, but here is a list of possible causes:
Here are a few guidelines for getting a good night's sleep:
Sleeping problems are very common, and we all experience them. However, we do not have to let them control our lives. By following these helpful tips, hopefully you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep once more. Of course, if problems continue the friendly staff at the Creighton University Counseling & Psychological Services Office will be more than happy to help you. Also, check out some helpful websites below.
References: The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (3rd Ed.) by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.