Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wiggling Your Toes to Save the World

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Okay I received quite a reaction to my last blog on wiggling your toes to help you sleep. It was fun to see people's reactions both the wigglers and the soon to be wigglers.

So I decide this idea could save the world one wiggle at a time. See if you can follow my logic. Good luck.

We are having an epidemic of insomnia world wide. In the US alone it's estimated that around 1/4 of the population have fallen victim to a sleep disorder of some kind - that's approximately 70 MILLION PEOPLE! More than half of these suffer chronically according the web site better-sleep-better-life.com.

That a lot of people. It is also a lot of prescriptions. And lost work. Throw in the costs of lost productivity and accidents due to drowsiness on the job and you have a very expensive problem.

There is also a link between loss of sleep and weight gain. According to Science Daily- "The study found that women who slept for 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (defined as an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study compared with women who slept 7 hours. Women who slept for 6 hours were 12% more likely to have major weight gain and 6% more likely to become obese compared with women who slept 7 hours a night". Sleeping Less Linked To Weight Gain, ScienceDaily (May 29, 2006)

Obesity is linked to serious health problems that are both life threatening and expensive.

So if you could get those 70 million people all wiggling their toes to fall asleep what would the health benefits and the cost savings be? Even if only a fraction of those trying the wiggling technique succeeded it could save people from the agony of insomnia. It would also save millions.

Wiggling your toes to help with insomnia could be a way to save the world from the costs of insomnia. Pass it on. The more we wiggle the more we snooze.  And the more we win. 

Kevin Kunz


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