Sleep education can possibly help around 90 percent of Malaysians that suffer from one or more kinds of sleeping disorders.
Sleep Education vs. Sleep medication
Studies show that sleep medication taken consistently might cause an adverse effect on a person’s sleeping cycle. A potential overdose might be inevitable if a person heavily relies on sleep medication to fix sleep disorders. The rampant cases of sleep disorders can be linked to how technology influences our present lifestyles.
According to Rosemary Clancy, a psychologist at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency:
Habitual intake of sleeping pills can cause harmful long-term effects on a person. They will soon have dependency on the drug to be able to sleep.
When sleep medication becomes a habit, it slowly turns into an addiction where overdosage might soon follow. In some cases, individuals taking sleep medication mixes two or more medicines at once. The ideal medicine intake for sleep disorders is once a month, so the body won’t be immune to the medication, and results will be effective on nights that really matter.
How to naturally cope up with sleep disorders
Lew Mun Yee, president and founder of AmLife, preaches sleep education as a solution to the increasing number of incidents of sleep disorders in Asia. The company, in partnership with the World Sleep Society, has conducted sleep education seminars and workshops in three of the most affected countries in Asia, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
In Malaysia alone, nine out of ten Malaysians suffer from insomnia or other types of sleeping disorders. Technology has been a big factor in reduced sleeping hours in rural areas. The internet, smartphones, and other gadgets contribute to zapping out hours intended for sleeping by an individual.
People with sleeping cycles that are less than six hours are more prone to stroke by at least four times than those who have eight hours or more of sleep. Sleeping less than six hours a day also contribute to obesity in some cases.
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