10 Easy Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

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When my sister had a baby I saw first hand how tough the first six months can be. It’s a never ending cycle of feeding, sleeping and crying, with a full night’s sleep a distant memory.  You might be lucky and have a baby that sleeps for long periods and is able to sooth themselves back to sleep. But for many parents wondering how to get their baby’s to sleep through the night is challenge that can last the first nine months.

The problem is that if your baby isn’t sleeping you aren’t either. This can lead to you feeling tired and irritable the next day, and it can even make you prone to bouts of depression. So if you’re a new parent, it’s wise to have some strategies for helping your baby to get to sleep so you can get more sleep of your own and increase the enjoyment you gain from being a new parent.

Here are ten easy ways to train in your baby in good sleeping habits so they can sleep through the night:

1. Get the baby used to a small amount of noise. You shouldn’t immediately feel you have to stop watching TV downstairs or getting on with chores in case you disturb their sleep. If they get too used to absolute silence then they are more likely to wake.

2. At night keep the lights around the house low and your voices quieter than during the daytime. This will signal to the baby that it’s now the nighttime and time to sleep.

3. Establish a bedtime routine. This could include having a baby, changing them into their nigh clothes and having a feed and cuddle before they are put to bed. This will help the baby to relax physically and mentally so they can go to sleep for longer.

4. Get baby’s used to falling asleep on their own. Holding your baby until they fall asleep may be comforting but it means they might struggle to go to sleep if they get too used to it. When they appear to be tired and sleepy rest them on their backs so they can drift off to the land of nod on their own.

5. Avoid too much excitement or stimulation at bed time. Instead begin the process of winding down and relaxing the baby.Make the daytime feeds feel more social and lively and the nighttime quiet and calm.

6. If formula feeding then take it in turns with your partner to share the early hour feeds. Alternately ask them to look after the baby’s early morning changing so you can grab a couple more minutes of sleep.

7. Give the baby a security item that carries your scent, such as a blanket or soft toy. Before the baby is born sleep with the blanket or toy to give it your scent, or if you’re breast feeding express a small amount of breast milk into a small piece of muslin. Baby’s are very sensitive to smells and the familiar aroma will calm them if they feel unsettled in the night.

8. After four months you could try leaving your baby to ‘cry it out’. Rather than give them the sudden shock of not coming when they start to cry, try leaving them for set intervals. You could start by leaving the room and waiting for two minutes before going back in to check up on them and then gradually increase it a few minutes at a time. Repeat until they fall asleep, remembering to increase the length of intervals each time.

9.  When cuddling an unsettled baby try pretending to go to sleep yourself. This will let them know that fun time is over and its time to go to sleep.

10. If the baby is teething then try massaging their gums with your finger or a teaspoon cooled in the fridge.

Hopefully these strategies should help both you and your baby to get more hours of healthy sleep every night. But if all else fails then you could try identifying whether there is an underlying cause to your baby’s irritibility. If they’ve been fed and changed, maybe changing their clothes might help or maybe they have a cold.

You might also find these articles useful for further advice on how to get your baby to sleep through the night:

31 Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep and Stay Asleep

* Source of the information in this article taken from babycentre.co.uk and the NHS website.

Originally posted 2013-01-16 14:26:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Help Me Sleep! – Four Sleep Hygiene Tips on How to Sleep Healthily

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If you spend more time thinking of ways on how to sleep soundly than you actually do sleeping, then it’s high time for you to pay more attention to your sleeping habits. Also known as sleep hygiene, these activities can contribute to improving the quality of your sleep. By making simple changes to your daily routine, you can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend awake and wondering how do you get to sleep.

Here are four tips on how to improve your sleep patterns and catch more Zs at night:

  1. Develop a healthy sleep pattern. Your body clock is largely dependent on your daily routines. Developing the habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day is one of the secrets on how to sleep better.
  2. Avoid daytime naps. Sleeping during the day will lessen your need for rest later in the evening. Fight sleepiness by getting up and moving around. If you absolutely need a quick shut-eye, limit it to just 30 minutes before 3 p.m.
  3. Use the bed only for sleep and sex. Associating the bed with anything other than rest can make it difficult for you to fall asleep when you finally crawl under the covers. Do not bring work to bed and go to sleep only when you are sleepy-tired.
  4. Avoid heavy meals and strenuous exercise before bedtime. Both activities trigger your body to work and therefore keep you awake. If you are hungry stick to light snacks and when it comes to exercise, opt for relaxing stretches instead of rigorous workouts.

A good night’s sleep isn’t that hard to achieve when you’ve mastered the art of good sleep hygiene. Improving your sleep hygiene is a surefire way on discovering what you can do to ‘help me sleep well at night’.

Originally posted 2012-05-07 15:00:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is Apnea Sleep Disorder?

What is apnea sleep disorder

SLEEP apnea is a common disorder in which you experience one or more pauses or reductions in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These breathing pauses usually last between 8 to 15 seconds, sometimes longer, and can happen more than a hundred times while you are sleeping. Health experts blame the disorder as the main culprit for insomnia.

In most instances, normal breathing resumes, sometimes in a choking sound or loud snort. When regular breathing is temporarily interrupted, you are derailed off your natural sleep tracks. As a result, you spend more hours in faint sleep and very little moment in restorative sleep that people need to be mentally alert and physically active the following day.

The disorder, if left untreated, keeps you from enjoying a healthy night’s sleep which is very important in your overall mental and physical well-being. Chronic deprivation of sleep results in poor concentration, sluggishness, slow reflex, heightened risk of accidents, and daytime drowsiness.

Sleep apnea can also cause health problems over a certain period of time, including weight gain, insomnia, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and even diabetes.  But with early medical intervention, the symptoms can be controlled and allow you to get long normal sleeps and start to relish what it is like to feel reinvigorated and sharp every day.

Sleep apnea is normally a chronic malady that muddles your state of slumber. A person with the condition is often jolted out of deep sleep and into light sleep when their regular breathing pattern is disrupted or becomes superficial. The outcome is miserable sleep quality that makes the person feeling very feeble during his waking hours.

This form of sleep disturbance usually goes undiagnosed. Medical experts often can not detect the ailment during regular office visits. Also, sleep apnea does not require any blood testing.

Sleep apnea is very rare among children but common among grownups. Although a diagnosis of the disorder is often based on a person’s medical background, there are various types of tests that can be applied to validate the diagnosis. Treatment can be either non-surgical or surgical.

Majority of those who suffer from insomnia brought about by sleep apnea do not realize that they already have it simply because the disruption only takes place when they are sleeping. A member of the family or partner in bed is usually the first person who notices the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Originally posted 2012-05-27 20:04:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Sleep with Sleep Apnea

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Sleep hygiene tactics are very important if you want to get at least eight hours of healthy, replenishing sleep every night and ward off the risk of insomnia.

By being aware and learning to deal with common distortions, like how to sleep with sleep apnea, you can find way to get a good night’s sleep.

It’s a good idea to experiment. What works for some people to help them sleep might not work effectively for others. Knowing the best sleep technique that works for you is very critical to your well-being.

The first method to enhancing the quality of your sleep, especially if you are suffering from sleep apnea, is figuring out how much rest you need.

While requirements for sleep differ from one individual to another, a good number of healthy people require at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to stay active and sharp.

One of the most crucial techniques for attaining a sound rest is to get back in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm.

If you maintain a regular rest schedule, hitting the bed and rising up at the same time each morning, you will feel more reinvigorated and recharged than if you sleep at different times on the same number of hours.

What is apnea sleep disorder?

Sleep apnea, which is one of the causes of insomniais a common sleep disorder that happens when a person’s breathing is distorted during sleep.

A person with untreated sleep apnea repeatedly experiences brief disruptions in breathing during sleep. The body and the brain may not get enough oxygen as a result of repeated distortions in normal breathing, which can be of concern, particularly if  it happens frequently during the night.

Sleep apnea affects millions of people all over the world, and is quite common and people will often go back to sleep without waking.

However, if it is disrupting your rest, here are three quick tips on how to sleep with sleep apnea:

1. Before sleeping, try doing an abdominal breathing exercise. Breathing from the abdomen helps to calm nerves and other organs in the body and makes you feel good.

2. Meditation has also been proven by those suffering from insomnia as an effective way to help people get a good night’s sleep.

3. Medical experts suggest a few minutes of quiet time to meditate before hitting the bed. Meditation not only helps calm the body, it also helps free the mind from unwanted clutter.

Originally posted 2012-06-01 13:52:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Why Can’t I Sleep Through the Night? Top 5 Reasons and Remedies

 

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There are so many times when I lie aware wondering why can’t I sleep through the night? To give you a recent example, I have a big day the following day so I set my alarm early the next morning. I did not know what happened but it was already past midnight and I’m still wide awake!

I keep on back tracking what I did that day that means I cant sleep through the night. I was sure I did not took any afternoon naps not even a morning nap. I was dead tired the whole day because I did some general cleaning and throw away some stuff and boxes that was supposed to get trashed a long time ago. I’m used to sleeping late at night so I think my brain is having a hard time convincing my body to sleep early

Why can’t I sleep through the night whenever I set my mind to wake up early the following morning? That’s a question that has been puzzling me for a week now. So what I did a little research on the factors that affecting my sleeping habits and I’m pretty convinced of what I found on the reasons why I cant sleep  through the night.

You might also find below the most common reasons why most people are having trouble sleeping through the night:

1. Your room isn’t dark enough

If you cant sleep through the night, this is one of the factors that kept me awake. Because I usually don’t shutdown my laptop before going to bed, so it is mostly on after 30 minutes or so before it goes to sleep mode. Make it sure that your room is dark enough for you to sleep on. There shouldn’t be any lights on especially lights emitted from your TV sets, laptop or any electronic device. Because when your eyes were exposed to light during the night, your brain might be tricked into thinking that it’s waking time and most probably would result to reduce in the production of melatonin that causes sleepiness.

2. Room temperature is too warm

I sweat a lot even if I’m not doing anything I can feel my nose sweating. So basically I can’t sleep on a room with high humidity. I also found out that when you are about to sleep your body and brain has the tendency to cool down and you will thwart the cool-down process when your room is too warm. Keeping a fan or air condition on at a desired level of temperature is the best way to sleep.

3. Clockwatching

This is basically the main reason I think why I wasn’t able to sleep that night. I keep staring at the clock and was worried that I only had a few more hours left to sleep. It wasn’t a good idea at all, you would end up staring at the clock the whole night and not getting any sleep that you wanted. So keep your clock away from your bed and de stress your sleep.

4. Watching YouTube until you’re sleepy

This is one of the things I am guilty of and why I cant sleep through the night. Every time I go to bed I always have my Ipad beside me and browse on any YouTube videos. I thought at first it would help me doze off but it eventually keeps me awake until 2 or 3 in the morning. This is actually a bad idea because watching TV or YouTube stimulates brain activity, which is the exact opposite of what you want to happen if you want to sleep early.

5. Trying to problem-solve in the middle of the night

If you want to sleep early but anxious about something or you have a big problem that you are worried about. Don’t try solving it before going to sleep, redirect your thoughts to something less stressful. Because once you get caught up on the worry treadmill, you will stay awake much longer and wont be able to sleep through the night.

Originally posted 2015-01-05 07:27:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Have More Lucid Dreams and Stop Having Nightmares

Do you ever have dreams where you feel in total control? Dreams in which you know you are dreaming but the dream seems very clear and almost like real life?

Lucid dreams are just one of the mysteries of what goes on in our brains when we are asleep. They usually occur in the middle of normal dreams when the randomness seems to settle down and you can feel as though you are awake even though you are having a lucid dream. You also tend to remember lucid dreams much more clearly than regular ones and they’re linked with REM sleep, just before you wake up.

The enhanced sense of control and clarity can make lucid dreaming a pleasurable experience, and one which you want to get straight back into if you’ve been rudely awakened. Learning how to have lucid dreams can also be a great way of avoiding having nightmares or uncomfortable sleep disorders.

However, learning how to have lucid dreams isn’t as simple as learning to improve your golf swing or how to speak another language. Lucid dreaming is just too random. But what you can do is use some techniques to improve your chances of slipping into a serene lucid dreamscape you can control.

Keep a dream journal – Whenever you have a lucid dream, write down what it was about and, in particular, whether the same people or places keep appearing in your lucid dreams. You’ll need these journal entries for some of the other techniques you can try.

Drink orange juice – A glass of OJ 30 mins before you sleep is believed to relax the body while maintaining the mental agility needed to have a lucid dream. The best time to drink it is 30 minutes before bedtime.

Get WILD in bed

Getting WILD or, to give it its full name, Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming is one technique you can to have a lucid dream. It’s aim is to trick your body into thinking you are falling asleep while maintaining a level of mental consciousness. Essentially it’s based around the fact that dreams run in 60 minute cycles. So if you can interrupt yourself in the middle of a dream and then get back to sleep you’re maximising your chances of jumping straight into a wonderous lucid dream.

If you’d like to use the WILD method, here are the steps to take:

1) When you go to bed, relax your body in a comfortable position. You will need to stay in this position, without moving, for 10-20 minutes while you try and relax one body part at a time.

2) While keeping still, you need to try and balance yourself mentally between being relaxed and feeling mentally active.

3) Allow your breathing to become relaxed and slow as you gradually drift into sleep paralysis. Just allow the sensations and random thoughts wash over you as a sign that you are entering a lucid dream.

How to have lucid dreams with the Wake Back to Bed Technique

If getting WILD doesnt do the trick then another popular method is Wake Back To Bed (WBTB). This entails waking yourself up in the middle of a dream state and then creating the optimal conditions for slipping back into a lucid dream, so not ideal if you suffer from insomnia and value your beauty sleep.

If you’d like to try WBTB to have a lucid dream, the steps are:

1) Set an alarm clock to go off 6 hours after you go to sleep.

2) When your alarm clock disrupts your slumber, stay awake for 1.5 hours. The aim is to gain yourself a measure of alertness while still being able to quickly fall into a dream state quickly.

3) 30 minutes before going back to bed drink a glass of orange juice and then read an article about lucid dreaming or some of the entries in your dream journal. This will help you to start mentally thinking about having a lucid dream.

4) Use the WILD method to go back to sleep and slip into a blissful and wonderous lucid dreaming experience.

Hopefully, a combination of WILD and WBTB should do the trick. But if you’re still wondering how to have a lucid dream successfully, you might want to check out the free ‘OBE Lucid Quickstart Kit‘ which includes an Lucid Dream Timer MP3 which its creator used to stop having nightmares and more lucid dreams.

It’s free, so why not give the Lucid Quickstart Kit a go to start having more lucid dreams and fewer nightmares.

Originally posted 2012-09-16 22:26:21. 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

Is Procrastination the Cause of Your Insomnia?

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A new study from Utrecht University from the Netherlands says that “Bedtime procrastination” can mess with your usual sleeping pattern. Let’s say that your usual bedtime is 9pm, while you are already lying down, you just can’t help but open your social media accounts or your favorite video streaming site and just browse on nothing in particular. Then you saw something worth watching and just got hooked up. Oblivious of how many hours had passed, it’s already 4am in the morning and you are just a couple of hours away till your alarm set to wake you up.

Some people procrastinate 2 or 3 times a week. It is either they are binge-watching a new season of the house of cards on Netflix or any other movie marathon on YouTube. I have a friend who has insomnia and she said that it began when she used to binge-view a 24 episode of prison break. She have not sleep for 30 hours and end up a little edgy the next day and couldn’t get to sleep the night after so she binge-watch another season again.  Little did she know that her sleeping pattern has been slowly altering. If the procrastination will continue, then your sleeping hygiene will surely get affected, thus it will most probably lead to insomnia.

Now, insomnia is a hard one to cure.  Almost 50 million Americans are suffering from insomnia and it is growing every hour.  Some have turned to natural remedies and different exercises and a lot of people have turned to over the counter drugs just to get a good night sleep. So, think twice before you open your phones or laptops and began browsing online. Follow your sleeping time and stay away from those disturbing gadgets at least 30 minutes before you sleep. That way you can set your mind and your body to involuntarily drift yourself into dreamland

Originally posted 2014-06-23 13:00:36. 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

Help Me Sleep! What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia and wondering how to get to sleep at night blights the lives of millions. If you aren’t getting  the recommended eight hours of sleep a night then you can feel lethargic, irritable and unable to perform at your best. Prolonged sleep deprivation can also be very damaging to your health, as your body hasn’t had time to rejuvenate.

Thankfully, wondering how to get to sleep need not be a long-term problem. Through taking the right steps to improve your ‘sleep hygiene’ and making healthy lifestyle changes, you can find ways to help you to get to sleep at night and enjoy more lucid dreams.

Why does insomnia occur?

There are a wide range of reasons why you might be thinking of visiting your doctor and asking them to ‘help me sleep.’ In fact, a reaction to medication could be the root cause, so it’s a good idea to check whether your insomnia started at a particular time.

More common reasons for insomnia are psychological, notably stress, anxiety and/or depression. There can prevent your mind from reaching the relaxed state you need to be able to drift off to sleep. So if you think your sleep deprivation might be due to a mental cause then the best advice is to try and resolve the issue that is making you anxious. Although this may be easier said than done, it’s far healthier than reaching for the sleeping pills.

Other causes of that can stop you from sleeping can include taking stimulants, such as tobacco, alcohol or caffeine, a couple of hours before you want to get some shut eye and descend into lucid dreaming. These put your mind into a heightened state of alertness which makes it difficult to firstly get to sleep and secondly to reach the level of deep sleep needed so your mind and body can rejuvenate itself during the night.

Sleep Hygiene Tips

Sleep hygiene is the process of creating the right conditions and patterns of behaviour for making how to get to sleep easier. Along with cutting out stimulants from your diet, good sleep hygiene tactics on how to go to sleep include going to bed at the same time every night, not watching TV in bed and not eating a large meal too late at night.

While sleeping pills can help for brief periods of insomnia, they can be addictive as you can start to think that the only way to sleep is to pop a few pills every night. Sleeping pills can also make you drowsy the next day, which can be dangerous if you work in a hazardous environment, such as a building site.

An alternative is to try natural remedies. This includes a warm glass of milk, bananas and camomile tea, which releases relaxing chemicals in the brain that can help you drift off to the land of nod.

So if you find yourself lying awake at night thinking ‘what can help me sleep’, try some of the tips in this article so you can stop counting sheep and spend more time enjoying lucid dreams catching zzzs.

Originally posted 2012-10-18 14:34:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter




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