[San Francisco Chronicle, 01 Mar 2006] A record 43 million sleeping-pill prescriptions were filled in this country last year, fueled by almost US$300 million in drug companies' ad spending and resulting in more than $2 billion in sales.
We are, to put it mildly, an increasingly sleepless nation. It's a big problem -- and a big business, especially for the pharmaceutical industry, which according to some estimates could be pulling in US$5 billion annually from sleep remedies within four years.
How about in the Philippines? How much sleep are Filipinos getting? Do you manage to have at least 6-8 hours of sleep each night?
Taking sleeping pills to sleep is not encouraged specially if there's really no reason to. Decrease your caffeine intake (coffee, sodas, energy drinks) and learn to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. Regular exercise helps you fall asleep every night.
When one is sleep-deprived, there is a notable effect on judgment skills, on one's temper, and on one's physical endurance to handle daily tasks. Most underestimate and ignore the importance of sleeping, not knowing that this simple physiologic need is key to one's total well-being.
BOTTOMLINE: No excuses please, you MUST make time for sleep.