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End Your Insomnia, Snoring, and Other Common Sleep Problems with These Expert Tips

If you have trouble sleeping, you're definitely not alone. More than half of US adults experience some symptom of insomnia at least a few nights a week. To help us get more of that elusive thing called sleep-and address issues beyond insomnia, like snoring, "monkey brain", and difficulty waking-we enlisted the help of a sleep specialist. Here's what we learned. [Lifehacker]


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Not to scare the living crap out of people, but extended periods of little rest (3-4 hours a night) can trigger a hypo/manic episode, not to mention slower reaction times, worse driving, and damaging your immune system. (Citation: Abnormal Psych textbook.) Insomnia is serious, and if you suffer from it, and the LifeHacker tips don't help, get thee to a doctor or free clinic.

(I had a no sleep induced hypomanic episode many years ago that culminated in a half assed suicide attempt, two weeks in a locked psych ward, and untold thousands of dollars in medical bills. At the time, I was seeing a doctor who didn't take the insomnia seriously, and I really think some judiciously, carefully prescribed sleeping pills could've stopped the whole thing.)