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Natural Sleeping Aid
Dec 7, 2008
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in all North America and in Europe. One-third of the US population cannot sleep well to function well during the day. And One-half of those people have only one or two bad nights a week. The other half spend countless sleepless nights tossing and turning, staring at the alarm clock and feeling miserable. These people also spend countless days exhausted.

Here are some suggested natural sleeping aids to help you sleep tight:

  • Get a comfortable bed. Sleeping may also be disturbed because the individual is uncomfortable in his or her bed, soft beds are usually better for sleeping than firm ones.
  • Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol can make you feel drowsy and may actually put you to sleep, but it has the unpleasant side effect of waking you up in the middle of the night because of headaches, a full bladder or gastric upset. In addition, once alcohol’s sedative effects wears off, there’s a rebound effect that actually makes trouble falling back to sleep. For a better night’s sleep, skip the nightcap.
  • Maintain a normal schedule. Most insomniacs become so desperate that they’ll go to sleep any time that they can. But, perhaps the most important rule for people with insomnia is to keep a strict sleep wake schedule. If you cannot sleep one night, simply get up at your usual time the next morning and don’t take any naps. Chances are you will be ready for a sound sleep by the next night.
  • Take a hot bath. Having a hot bath taken two hours before bedtime is a wonderful way to relax staying in it for at least 20 minutes makes your body ready for sleep. Do not bathe in very hot water, however, if you are pregnant or have any significant health problems, ask your doctor.

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posted by Bedabs @ 10:28 AM   3 comments
Sleep Tight
Dec 6, 2008

Sleep tight means sleep well. In many parts of the English-speaking world, this is a very well used phrase. It’s been common at bedtime for many years in the form of good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite or similar.

How much sleep do we need? The word of the day is that adults need eight hours of sleep per night. Sleep researchers answer with a resounding “no.”

In the book of No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri, Ph.D says “that while different individuals have very different sleep needs, the amount remains amazingly constant for each person”. He tells the story of a 70 year old nurse who slept only one hour each night, took no naps during the day and said that she never felt tired. She said she didn’t understand why other people wasted so much time in bed. She had averaged the same amount of sleep each night since she was a child.

Some people may need 9, 10 or even 11 hours of sleep per night. Studies demonstrate that people perform just as well cognitively if they are sleep deprived. What happen is that people start to demonstrate intellectual problems when they are worried about how little they sleep. If you think you will be impaired, you will be. If you sleep for 90 minutes and when you wake up and someone tell you that you have slept for eight hours, you will feel great. But if you sleep for eight hours and someone wake you up and tell you that you have only slept for 45 minutes, you will feel exhausted.

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posted by Bedabs @ 12:25 PM   1 comments
Natural Sleep Aids
Dec 1, 2008
You know the story it’s 5:00 AM and the first traces of dawn have begun to appear in the nighttime sky. It’s 2:00 am and you still awake and you are beginning to feel hopeless about ever getting back to sleep. How will you function at work tomorrow without proper sleep? And wondering how will you make it through another day after yet another night without sleep?

Luckily, after many years of study, sleep experts have come up with many tried and true strategies for putting an end to insomnia. The results of their work appear in the insomnia remedies that follow, try them out and see what works for you. If nothing has helped after six months, if you’re still struggling to get a decent night’s sleep, consult your doctor for a referral to a sleep clinic near you.

Make it as non-punishing as possible
Expert suggests passing your time reading in bed or watching television, rather than lying in bed frustrated. Lying in bed, even if you are not sleeping, your body still gets the same amount of recovery as if you had slept. Although the brain doesn’t get any recovery, but still you’re be better off than if you spend the time watching the clock, tossing and turning.

Don’t nap
Napping tends to make matters worse for the chronic insomniac, the concept is similar to the reason you shouldn’t stay in bed late the morning after you had trouble sleeping. It’s best to let yourself get good and sleepy so that it will be easier to get sleep the next night.

Try earplugs
Loud noises can cause insomnia. And often, the sleeper is not aware of what awakened him or her. Experts say to minimize the ambient noise as much as possible is to invest a good pair of earplugs.

Never take sleeping pills throughout the night
If you do want to take medication to help you fall asleep, make sure you only take your dose before you go to bed. If you and wake in the middle of the night, it won’t have a chance to wear off before morning and you’re likely to end up being sleepy during the days.

Some doctors don’t endorse over the counter sleeping pills, however, since they can cause side effects such as drying out your mucous membranes and can make you drowsy the next day. If you are pregnant or have a serious medical problem, you should consult your doctor before taking any drugs. Sleep medications may also worsen snoring and sleeping apnea, a dangerous condition in which breathing is labored during sleep.

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posted by Bedabs @ 5:44 AM   1 comments
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