The Real Reason Why You Cant Sleep and Why the Cure isn’t Sleeping Pills. Sleep Tracks System Review

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The Sleep Tracks system has helped over 10,000 people to cure their insomnia. It does this through getting to the root cause of why insomnia occurs and then ‘rebooting’ the brain so that you feel relaxed at bedtime, and not stressed and worried about another night when you can’t sleep

If you’ve been suffering from chronic insomnia for a few weeks, let alone months or years, you probably care less what the cause is.

All you want to know is what you can do to break out of insomnia’s chains. You want to stop feeling tired and irritable all day then suddenly hyper alert at night, dreading yet another night spent lying frustrated in bed, unable to get those few hours of uninterrupted sleep that allude you.

Drugs are not the answer, but you knew that already

If you’re reading this, you may have already tried popping some Melatonin, Tylenol PM, Ambien or any of the other exotic sounding sleeping pills that get prescribed by doctors like candy to placate an upset child.

And that is indeed all they do.

Sleeping pills work by dulling the mind enough so it succumbs itself to sleep. And they’re effective at it. But popping pills night can also lead to:

  • an unhealthy reliance
  • short term memory loss
  • hallucinations
  • weight gain

Sleeping pills have been blamed for causing car accidents because they make you feeling like a zombie the next day, They’re also expensive, and the cost can rack up fast if you’re fighting with insomnia for any length of time.

Most importantly, sleeping pills do not cure the root cause of your night time anxiety.

Relaxing doesn’t come from trying

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Ever heard this advice – all you need to do is relax by taking a hot bath and a glass of warm milk and your nighttime frustrations will melt away.

Anyone telling you this doesn’t realize that feeling relaxed is the polar opposite of how you’re feeling at bedtime. All you can think about is the hours you’re about to spend getting frustrated and angry because you can’t sleep.

Every passing minutes is simply counting down to another day of exhaustion and hourly cups of coffee to stop you passing out at your desk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”10″ align=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The vicious insomnia cycle

If the fears and unhelpful thoughts I’ve mentioned sound familiar than this is because most insomnia sufferers share this same anxiety.

The problem with getting anxious at bedtime is that it just causes a vicious cycle of worrying about sleeping, staying awake for hours, feeling exhausted the next day and then dreading trying to get to sleep again.

Just going one night without enough sleep can cause your feelings of tension and anxiety to rise. They then rise further with each night when you’re unable to get enough sleep or to stay asleep for the whole night.

So the only conclusion is that, if you want your mind and body to reach the calm, relaxed state it needs for you to get to sleep, the only long-term cure is to fix the bedtime anxiety thats keeping you awake.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Forget the pills and trying to relax. Fixing bedtime anxiety is the only TRUE cure for insomnia

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”322″ img_size=”full” align=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Treating insomnia through treating bedtime anxiety was the conclusion also reached by author and life coach Yan Muckle. From his own experiences of battling insomnia and those of his clients, Yan found that, while the causes would vary, what all insomniacs have in common is a sense of dread at bedtime. It was worrying about trying to get to sleep, combined with the buildup of anxiety throughout the day, that was preventing them from being able to relax and fall asleep naturally and then to stay asleep for enough time for their minds and bodies to rejuvenate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_button url=”http://c88f0nv5v8kz4p2eo5mo3le-xd.hop.clickbank.net/” text=”Get the 7 Steps to Curing Insomnia Report” size=”big” align=”center” type=”default” color=”{{color}}” target=”_blank”][vc_column_text]After his reaching his eureka moment, Yan set about harnessing his expertise in psychology and life couching to put together a program for treating the bedtime anxiety that was keeping both him and his clients awake.

Sleep Tracks addresses the underlying causes, rather than treat the symptoms

Rather than merely a bunch of MP3s of whale song, meditation tracks or other relaxing sounds you could pick up for a mere few dollars elsewhere, Sleep Tracks comprises of a complete brain training program. It is a specially designed system which combines brainwave entrainment, binaural beats, meditation and individual study to address the root causes of insomnia. At its core, the aim of Sleep Tracks is to ‘reboot’ the brain. Much like how you’d reboot a malfunctioning computer, Sleep Tracks seeks to correct the unhelpful thought patterns that cause sleep disorders.

At the same time, Sleep Tracks also aims to address the troubling thoughts, confidence problems and other underlying issues that cause bedtime anxiety and result in insomnia. Due to the nature of going to such a deep level in correcting the mind’s unhelpful thought processes, you’re unlikely to get immediate results overnight (literally). Instead you need to commit a few weeks to the program, both in terms of studying the course material and listening to the sound tracks, before you can expect to start getting the nightlong sleep patterns that may currently evade you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

A powerful combination of \’brainwave entrainment\’ and meditation

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”321″ img_size=”full” img_link=”http://c88f0nv5v8kz4p2eo5mo3le-xd.hop.clickbank.net/”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The sound tracks themselves are rather unique in that they feature brainwave entrainment technology (which helps to calm your brain subconsciously through syncing with binaural beats) combined with a soothing, suggestive voice commentary.

I expect your cynicism levels are rising at hearing such a wacky sounding description for what is, essentially, a series of audio tracks. But brainwave entrainment, which slows brainwaves from an alert state to being more relaxed, has been practiced for decades to improve memory and reduce anxiety and has been proven to be effective for many thousands of people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

It’s helped over 10,000 people to get rid of insomnia

Since its launch nearly a decade ago, Sleep Tracks has grown to become one of the most popular insomnia busting programs online. It’s helped tens of thousands of people to fall asleep naturally, without pills or any crazy witch doctory. And, more importantly, it’s helped people to stay asleep for longer and reach the rejuvenating stage of sleep they so desperately need. The Sleep Tracks website is overloaded with testimonials from people that now enjoy their waking hours feeling less tired and irritable, more energized, more productive, patient with the kids and colleagues at work and enjoying a boost to their health and wellbeing overall.

The only catch is that Sleep Tracks is rather on the pricey side. Paying $70 for a home study course can seem rather steep. But if you’ve been suffering from chronic insomnia for months, or even years, and you’ve had enough of popping pills every night, loading up on caffeine every day and nothing else is working then it’s worth a try.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”53″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Over 10,000 people have benefited from the Sleep Tracks system. This is because, from a behavioral and psychological perspective manner, it makes complete sense why it works. Correcting unhelpful thoughts to sleep better is clearly much better than relying on medication to dull the mind into submission.

What’s more, Sleep Tracks is supplied with a 60 day complete refund guarantee.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]So if it doesn’t help you within the first two months then you can just ask for your money back. You can typically expect to see results in a few weeks, so this is ample time to discover whether Sleep Tracks can help you to banish your bedtime dread.

If you’re not yet ready to make the investment, you can still register for a free newsletter in which Yan Muckle explains more about his system and why it’s helped so many people to get more hours of rejuvenating sleep and feel more refreshed each day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_button url=”http://c88f0nv5v8kz4p2eo5mo3le-xd.hop.clickbank.net/” text=”Get the 7 Steps to Curing Insomnia Report” size=”big” align=”center” type=”default” color=”{{color}}” target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Disclaimer – The links in this article are affiliate links, which means I earn commission should you decide to get the Sleep Tracks system. Please be assured that I wouldn’t be promoting this product unless it had been proven to be effective and has a track record of helping people to overcome insomnia. There really is no other sleep program like this or with such a high success rate. With a 60 day guarantee, you can also try it for yourself to decide whether it’s worth the investment at no risk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Originally posted 2014-04-15 07:33:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is Sleepwalking?

Do you sleepwalk or know someone that does? If you do then you might have seen them appearing lifeless, like a zombie, shuffling around with their eyes closed and left wondering ‘what is sleep walking?’

It is quite difficult to understand how people are able to sleep while doing something else. But it is actually quite a common symptom of a sleep disorder.

Sleep-walking is one of the more common sleep disorders classified under parasomnias. It is characterized by complex body behaviour during slow-wave sleep and is most often evident during the first third of the night, or during other times of increased slow-wave activity.

Also known as somnambulism, the condition is more prevalent among children, and becomes less common as they become teenagers and then stops at reaching adulthood. Unfortunately, for some, the condition may last for most of their lifetime.

Sleep-walking is not limited to sleeping while walking. Some episodes include sitting up, fumbling, picking at bed clothes and mumbling. But usually sleepwalkers simply stand up and walk around quietly and aimlessly.

These episodes usually last for a couple of minutes and may occur three to four nights per week. After an episode of sleepwalking, the person is usually confused and remembers very little of what happened, if anything at all. Clearly, even they can’t understand how it’s possible to sleep while walking around.

What causes sleepwalking and can it be treated?

Research suggests that a variety of factors contribute to sleepwalking. These include genetic, developmental, organic and psychological factors. Furthermore, somnambulism can be triggered by fever, medication with some drugs, stress and major life events.

Considering that different factors contribute and trigger sleepwalking, it should not be dealt with alone. It’s recommended that someone suffering from sleepwalking should consult a doctor to discover whether there is an underlying cause. The doctor will not only help a sleepwalker identify the actual cause of the problem; they may also be able to give advice about improving sleep habits, having a good night’s sleep and how to stop sleepwalking.

Depending on the doctor’s assessment, the patient may also be recommended to seek additional advice from a psychologist or sleep specialist and discover how to sleep properly without sleep walking.

Originally posted 2012-06-21 19:07:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 Top Tips to Stop Snoring

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Almost everyone snores, even my 23 months old toddler snores occasionally. In fact, almost 90 million people in the United States alone snore.

While common, frequent snoring can disturb other people, particularly if they are in the same bed as you. So if you get complaints from other people that they cant sleep because of your snoring, it’s sensible to find a way to stop. While there’s no miracle cure, it is possible to find ways to stop snoring by identifying the cause of why you snore. Common causes of snoring include nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, alcohol, smoking and medications, oor sleep posture and the way you are genetically born.

Here are 5 ways to stop snoring depending on the root cause:

1. Keep your nasal passages clear

This will help you to easily breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth, and help you stop snoring.

I thought at first that my snoring sound comes from my throat, but I wake up from my loud snoring one night and the sound definitely came from my nostrils. I have a sinus problem and it happens to block my airways which makes my inhalation difficult, it then creates a vacuum in my throat which leads to my snoring. An effective home remedy I tried was steam inhalation. The hot steam moistens the nasal passages and effectively clears out my blocked nose which allows me to breathe more easily and sleep peacefully.

But if you are suffering from severe sinusitis or allergy, it is better to ask your GP or pharmacist for nasal spray or antihistamine prescriptions.

2. Quit or cut down on smoking

Smoke causes swelling and catarrh that if your nasal passages become congested it will be difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased. This blockage then causes the vibrations in your throat and nose that cause snoring.

I occasionally tried smoking in college to keep me awake when I cram on examination week. It did help me stay awake but I guess I can’t tolerate the smoke, it irritates my throat so much that I end up having a cold the next day.

3. Avoid stimulants late at night

Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives before going to bed. They contain the same substance that relax the muscles in your throat and interfere with breathing. If you are taking a prescription medicine at the moment, it is better to talk to your doctor and see if he can give you an alternative medication that doesn’t obstruct you getting to sleep.

4. Change your sleep position

It is advisable to sleep on your side, because lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat which causes a vibrating sound when you are asleep. You can also position a pillow beneath your head to open up nasal airways passages and might help you to prevent snoring.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet

Aside from my sinusitis, your snoring problems might be due to being overweight. The fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents the air from flowing freely in and out of our nose and mouth, causing you to start snoring at night.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you might snore at night. To find a solution, it’s a good idea to tick off all the possible causes on the list. You might be able to stop snoring by improving your diet, giving up smoking or changing your sleeping position. But if these don’t help, and you think your snoring problem might require surgery, then it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor for their expert advice on how to stop snoring for good.

Originally posted 2014-09-22 18:44:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Study Finds that Not Coping with Stress One of Main Causes of Insomnia

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Stress has been considered as one of the most common emotional issues that causes Insomnia. A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine investigated the factors that can affect our sleeping patterns. According to the study, it is not the stress that you experienced throughout the day that keeps you awake It is the way you cope with the stress and how you respond to your stressor.

The study sampled a community of 2,892 people with no history of insomnia. The participants were asked to report a number of stressful events that they encounter and their coping mechanisms with the corresponding stressful events.
The three coping mechanisms that were identified that are most likely to develop insomnia after a stressful event are:

  • Alcohol
  • Watching TV
  • Denial

According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America, they surveyed that almost 13 percent of Americans have turned to alcohol to ease down their stress level. But alcohol can cause sleep disturbance later at night, leaving you more exhausted and weak the next morning.

Those who opted to just watch TV or movies have a 4 percent risk of insomnia. They may forget their stressor momentarily while enjoying some entertainment, but the fact remains that their stressor is still unresolved and at the end of the day they have to come face to face with their problems.

The people who are in Denial and chose not to cope with their stress have the highest percentage of risk to develop insomnia, with a 9 percent increased of risk to develop insomnia for every sign of resignation.

Relieve stress to reduce insomnia

Thankfully, there are certain stress reliever strategies that can help you drift off at night. Dr. Vivek Pillai of the Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital suggested that mindfulness based meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia are two of the most effective methods that can treat insomnia.

I personally treat my chronic insomnia with breathing exercise and some cardio during the morning. A long steam shower an hour before my bedtime can also make a difference.

Originally posted 2014-07-22 12:14:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 5 Best Insomnia Busting Sleep Apps that Help You Get to Sleep at Night

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There are few things as frustrating as when you can’t sleep at night. Getting 8 hours of shut eye is vital for your brain and body to tune out and shut down, restoring your physical health and cementing your memories in place. If you are still having trouble falling asleep with natural remedies, like drinking some milk or munching down a banana, then maybe you should try using a sleep app to help you nod off.

The following list of sleep apps will help guide you to the serenity of a good night’s sleep. From step by step meditation to nature sound playlists, you simply download one of these sleep apps to your smartphone just before you want to go to sleep and allow them to sprinkle some digital sleep dust.

Top 5 Best Sleep Apps

1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock 

The most effective way get a regular sleeping habit is by following a cycle or a pattern. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Close is an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase- which is the most natural way to wake up and feel well rested. This is rated as one of the best sleep apps on Android and has the most positive feedback on Google’s Play store.

2. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep 

If you want to relax for a few minutes during the day, whether you are in your office or at home, to refresh your mind and increase your concentration, this app might be the solution you’ve been looking from. You can choose from 6 different relaxing sounds of nature, which includes thunder, ocean sounds, sea, birds chirping, the sound of the falling rain, night in jungle, water dripping sounds and waterfalls. If ‘white noise’ helps you nod off, this is an amazing app to increase your quality of sleep and cure your insomnia.

3. Sleep Soundly Hypnosis

This is a relaxation guide session by Kym Tolson, a licensed hypnotherapist. The session combines imagery with deep relaxation techniques, which helps you to get your mind and body in a relaxed state and then gently lulls you to sleep.

4. SleepBot 

One way of curing insomnia is by tracking your sleep. However, tracking your sleep is a very tedious task and costs a lot to get done at a special sleep clinic. Using SleepBot you can track your sleep patterns to see your nighttime habits in graphical form. This then gives you an idea of at what times you’re getting the most and least amount of sleep. The app lets you customize your sleep tracking, record your movements and sounds during the night and can wake you up at the optimum time during a light sleep phase.

5. Relaxing Nature Scenes

If you want to relax after a very stressful day at home, Relaxing Nature Scenes is a sleep app loaded with 20 themes, each with four soundtracks which offers you to be able to customize your own relaxation experience. There are over 100 individual sounds to choose from and which you can combine to create the perfect mind retreat.

There are many more sleep apps out there, so feel free to share in the comments any you’ve found useful. Harnessing technology to get more hours of rejuvenating sleep is much healthier and safer than taking sleeping pills or having a few beers late at night. So if you find you can’t sleep at night, download one of these top 5 best sleep apps to your smartphone or tablet to see if they help.

Originally posted 2014-09-16 20:02:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Jawbone UP24 Review – The Smart Way to Track your Sleep

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Do you know that less than half of Americans get the recommended seven of sleep a night? A very alarming number considering the impact it can have your concentration, health and even your weight. A lack of sleep has also been linked to a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and depression (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).

If you’re worried that you might not be getting enough healthy sleep, one way to check whether you have an abnormal sleeping pattern is with a sleep tracker. Better yet, if sometimes you cant sleep you, by tracking your sleep patterns and the patterns of your sleep you can identify the root of your insomnia.

Jawbone Up24 brings state-of-the-art technology to sleep tracking

There are a lot of sleep tracking apps and devices on the market, but Up24 by Jawbone could be the best yet. Jawbone Up24 can give you an in-depth picture of your sleep patterns as well as the impact of your diet and daily exercise. This allows you to make smarter choices about your lifestyle habits and changes you can make to get the optimal amount of sleep.

Up24 is wireless, allowing you to stay connected to your Smartphone via Bluetooth. You can check out your notifications and see real-time updates of your goals anytime of the day. You can also team up with your friends and compare your sleep data and results. If you are annoyed by the sound of your alarm clock then Jawbone’s Up24 takes care of this too with a vibrating alarm that can pleasantly wake you up on the time you set.

Jawbone Up24 can tell whether it’s too much caffeine that means you can’t sleep at night

The one thing I also like about Jawbone Up24 is the coffee app. I’m an avid caffeine lover, I like my coffee black, with cream, with coco or marshmallows. I take them anytime of the day, basically I can’t control it. My addiction with coffee is way too much that sometimes I can feel my hands shaking involuntarily. My sister, who is a nurse, said that it’s the result of too much caffeine. Jawbone Up Coffee will able to understand your sleep patterns and help you identify the impact of caffeine intake.

In a matter of days you can identify how much you lost on sleep for every 100mg of caffeine . It helps you control and moderate your caffeine intake to be able to achieve your sleep goal for the day.

You can buy Jawbone UP Coffee app through App Store and Up24 Jawbone in Amazon. A good investment if you want to get more hours of sleep, to improve your health and eat better all at the same time.

Originally posted 2014-08-18 19:47:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How Can I Stop Snoring?

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Does your snowing keep your partner awake? Snoring could be considered a sleep disorder, although it’s not you (the snorer) that suffers from insomnia because of it but your partner.

Snores are breath sounds that most people produce during sleep. Acoustically, snoring is attributed to the vibration of the anatomical structures in the pharyngeal airway. It is characterized by loud breathing in the upper airways without the absence of breath.

Like insomnia, snoring can be classified into mild, moderate or severe. Such classification is based on frequency, body position and disturbance for other people (i.e., spouse, sleeping partner).

As the degree of severity increases, the snorer has a greater risk of having an upper airway dysfunction which may lead to sleep apnea (the cessation of airflow to the lungs during sleep). Because of this, people with a snoring condition should try to find ways to relieve it or prevent it from happening.

Tactics to stop snoring

One of the most effective anti-snoring techniques is losing excess weight. The pressure of extra flesh on the airway makes night-time breathing difficult. In fact, researchers suggest that snoring is positively related to one’s Body Mass Index (BMI); meaning, as one’s BMI increases, a person is more likely to snore.

Another effective technique against snoring is to sleep on your side. This will prevent your tongue from falling back into the throat and blocking the airway.

Finally, you could try avoiding alcohol and sedating medications (i.e., painkillers) because they can relax your throat muscles too much and increase the likelihood of snoring (and sleep apnea).

Anti-snoring devices

You could also try anti-snoring devices. For instance, a chin strap keeps your mouth shut and forces you to breathe through your nose. If devices like this do not work, various surgeries are also possible that can permanently widen the airway.

So if your snoring is keeping your partner or other people in your house awake, then there are steps you can take to stop yourself snoring. Research suggests that one’s snoring condition may become a nuisance to others (e.g., insomnia can be attributed to a sleeping partner who snores). To avoid this, you should try the tactics to stop snoring suggested above or even consider surgery. After all, you will not only be helping yourself to sleep better but other people too.

Originally posted 2012-06-10 22:36:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Help Me Sleep! – Which Medical Remedies Can Help Me Get to Sleep?

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If you’ve tried just about every trick in the book on how to get to sleep and nothing has worked, then a trip to your doctor’s office might be in order. You might not be too fond of the idea, but you need to remember that when left untreated, insomnia lead to serious health risks.

It’s important to see your doctor because insomnia can be a symptom of some other medical problem such as a psychiatric condition like depression or a sleep disorder like restless legs syndrome. Home remedies and lifestyle changes are great, but when the problem persists, it’s time to consult the experts.

So go see your doctor and tell him, “Please help me sleep.”  Your doctor can offer a variety of treatments to cure your sleeplessness and these are just some of them:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Considered as an effective and lasting treatment to insomnia, CBT involves sessions with a trained professional who can help you deal with your stress or anxiety. The therapy aims to help you control the negative thoughts that keep you awake so you can sleep better.

Dietary supplements – There are countless products that claim to help you sleep. But two of the most popular options are Melatonin and Valerian. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body at night, so taking supplements of this hormone may work for some people. Meanwhile, Valerian is an herb known for its mild sedative effects, which help some patients sleep better.

Prescription sleeping pills – On certain instances, your doctor might recommend prescription sleeping pills to help you solve your problem of how to sleep. While these are effective to some extent, it is important to know that they can be addicting and could lead to negative side effects such as high blood pressure or short-term memory loss.

Originally posted 2012-05-14 12:08:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 5 Natural Insomnia Remedies that Help You Sleep Better

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When you’re dealing with insomnia it’s tempting to take the easy root and reach for the sleeping pills. But you should always be wary of the side effects of sleeping pills, which includes feeling dopey the next day and, even worse, building a reliance on them as  the first option when you cant sleep. Sleeping pills might be effective at beating insomnia in the short term, but they’re not a long-term solution to the bedtime blues.

Thankfully, there are lots of natural remedies for when you cant sleep. They’re non-addictive, dont have side effects and give you the peace of mind knowing you’re not messing with your body’s natural rhythms.

Here are top 5 natural remedies for insomnia to try next time you’re wondering ‘what can help me sleep?’:

1. Cut down on Caffeine

Well, to be truthful, this is a natural remedy to avoid. Although, it is very tempting to have a coffee with your dinner or in the early evening,  it is always advisable to keep your caffeine intake as low as possible if you want to get to sleep that night. Caffeine stimulates your brain, so a cup or two is enough for most people to last the whole day, let alone at night.

2. Have a bedtime snack

Try consuming some high carbohydrate food like toasted bread or a sweet cookie at least an hour before going to bed. The reason for this is that,snacks high in carbohydrates and low in protein help your brain prepare for sleep. A sweet cookie can also act as a sedative because of the amount of sugar it contains. You can accompany your favorite snack with a warm glass of milk, which is an age-old treatment for those who cant sleep at night.

3. Establish a Bedtime Ritual

I know a lot of people have a habit of playing with their gadgets before going to bed and some acquired their insomnia because of these bad habits. You need to establish a peaceful bedtime routine that can send a powerful signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down and let go of the day’s stresses. Make your bedroom more sleep friendly and make sure your bed is comfortable.

A hot bath before bedtime is also a wonderful way to relax your body. But you need to do this 2hours early before bed time. Also, if you are familiar with Epsom salts, you can add one to 2 cups to your hot bath and soak them for about 15 to 20 minutes before going in. They are highly recommended by Naturopathic practitioners because of their added benefits and proven to relieve stress, soothe your muscles, soften your skin and maybe even reduce some wrinkles.

4. Valerian

Although it sounds like a modern discovery valerian is actually a staple medicinal herb widely used throughout Europe. From some clinical evidence that has been gathered by two independent studies. Valerian has been proven to improve sleep latency, it increases the amount of time spent in deep and rapid eye movement (REM). Valerian has even been shown to improve sleep quality and to decrease anxiety in people trying to wean off of benzodiazepines.

5. Keep a Sleep Journal

Keeping a regular sleep schedule will get you in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. You will feel more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours but at different times.

Quick bonus tips for when you cant sleep

• Set a regular bedtime by going to bed the same time every night.
• Wake up at the same time Everyday and do it naturally without using your alarm
• Take a Nap to Make up for the lost hours of sleep and opt for a day time rather than sleeping late.
• Limit your nap time to at least 30 minutes and do it in the early afternoon.
• Fight after-dinner drowsiness

Originally posted 2014-09-11 16:48:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep at Night

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Sleep problems only normally start as we get older. A newborn baby sleeps 16 – 20 hours a day because this is when it bodies develop the fastest. Adults may not need that much time to sleep but getting enough shut eye is still vital for our health. If you cant sleep at night it can cause depression, high blood pressure and even early death. But before you panic and rush off to bed, remember that your doctor can advise you if your lack of sleep is endangering your health.

1. Insomnia is linked with depression

One of the common signs of depression is insomnia or an inability to fall and stay asleep. Sleep is important to restore our body to its normal state. However when we only sleep a few hours it can make us irritable, tense and on edge.  A person who is diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder may worsen their symptoms if they have inadequate amount of sleep. Treating Insomnia and depression simultaneously is the best way to improve their symptoms.

2. Popping pills won’t get you far

A sleeping pill may be effective and immediate way at ending your sleeping problems in the short-term. But all medications have side effects and sleeping pills have plenty of them, plus its effect can wear off when used in the long-term. What is really important to kick insomnia for good is to have a good sleeping habit. Avoid alcohol and caffeine at least 12 hours before going to bed. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time everyday. It’s okay to take 10-20 minutes naps in the afternoon but try not to take them later than 2pm.

3. Kitchen cures or home remedies may or may not work

The latest magical home remedy for insomnia is tart cherry juice. Researchers from Louisiana State University have found out that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks can increase sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia. Other than cherry juice, drinking chamomile tea and bathing in lavender oil are just some of the natural insomnia remedies you can try at home. It may or may not work for some but it won’t hurt to give it a try and see if it’s right for you.

4. Look out for the “three P’s

If you suddenly having trouble falling asleep, there are three factors you have to look out for. The predisposing factors, precipitating cause and the perpetuating cause. Predisposition may not cause the problem on having insomnia but may increase the likelihood of it occurring. This includes having a family history of poor sleepers or being an all time worrier.

Precipitating factors are those that could trigger insomnia, like lifestyle changes, a promotion at work, too much pressure at school and a whole lot more disturbance around your family, at home, health and at work/school.

Perpetuating cause are stressful events, that creates an initial disruption of sleep. Any factors that might exacerbate the problem and heightened anxiety/arousal levels for the development of depression. It may also be a case of behavior and coping strategies, like napping long periods of time during the day and spending too much time in bed.

5. Attention can make it worse

We may have learned in the past that keeping sleep diaries can help you identify the underlying factors of what’s keeping you awake. But Feinsilver advises to ignore it, he is concerned that too much analyzing and the more you think about it the harder it is to fall asleep. The best way to stop worrying is through meditation. In fact a recent study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago shows that mindfulness meditation appears to be a viable treatment option for adults with chronic insomnia.

Originally posted 2014-10-14 09:43:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter




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