Introduction

Insomnia is a sleeping condition that is pervasive throughout the world.

In an article dated September 1, 2011 in the Los Angeles Times, entitled “Insomnia is a $63-billion drag on the economy, study says “it goes on to say the researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of Michigan and elsewhere arrived at this figure by giving detailed questionnaires to more than  10,000 adults who were members of a large, nationwide health plan. The responses revealed that 23.2% of workers suffer from insomnia, as defined by psychiatrists and sleep experts.”

The study went on to conclude “that about two-thirds of lost productivity due to insomnia can actually be traced to workers who show up but are not as  productive as their rested peers. Among other problems, they make mistakes on the job or cause accidents.”

in my own life experience, I have friends and family that have had to deal with insomnia to one degree or another. Some of them experienced depression, anxiety and decreased concentration. Some of them felt totally dysfunctional and listless.

If left unchecked, insomnia can have serious consequences to our physical and mental health. Thus, insomnia taken to the extreme can be a major impediment to our personal development.

It is important to understand the causes of insomnia and ways to reduce its many  adverse effects. More »