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Is Ocean County Sleep-Deprived?


There’s always a debate around this time of year.  We shifted the clocks an hour ahead and as a result lost an hour’s sleep.  Yes, it gets us ready for Spring and Summer, but many of us were dragging last week, feeling deprived of that hour we lost.  I know it can be rough.  Many people rely on weekends to catch up on sleep they missed out on during the workweek.

So whether you’re “Pro Daylight Saving Time” or “Against,” how is your sleep in general?  Are you getting enough?  It seems many people struggle.  Some can’t fall asleep at night.  Others wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep.  Still others are so busy and overworked that they may only have 4 or 5 hours a night to recharge.

Research has shown that sleep deprivation causes car accidents, mistakes at school and work, and a general sense of malaise.  So why aren’t we getting enough sleep?

This is question that Arianna Huffington has looked into.  Her book “The Sleep Revolution” was inspired by her own collapse from exhaustion.  That sparked a mission towards healthy living, finding work-life balance, etc.  Here are some of her suggestions for getting a better night’s sleep:

What helps me fall asleep each night is ambient noise.  In the past I’ve used a white noise machine but now I use an app called “White Noise.”  There are all kinds of sounds available in addition to the basic white noise that I like: a whirring fan, a gentle rain, and a clothes dryer are just a few.

What’s your best tip for falling asleep or getting back to sleep if your slumber has been interrupted?

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