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

Jawbone Up24 sleep tracker

 

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

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

Study Finds that Insomnia and Restless Leg Syndrome Pose Greater Risk for Women than Men

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A Sleep in America poll of all adults revealed that women have more difficulty falling and staying asleep than men. This also means that they experience more daytime sleepiness at least a few nights or days a week. Women take longer to fall asleep than men and pose a rather indistinctive symptoms than men. This is due to the biological and physiological characteristic present in women. Some contributing factors for why women sleep differently are believed to be sex chromosomes, hormonal and physical changes, estrogen influence on our body, and biological conditions like menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause. Pregnant women doubled the risk factor for RLS compared to women who have never given birth and men.

Nearly half of women struggle to get to sleep at night

Although women generally go to bed at a sensible time compared to men, 46% of women were complaining that they have trouble sleeping every night. This was according to several clinical studies gathered by Neurology Medlink and from several respected contributors. Aside from dealing with menstrual cycle, postpartum, menopause and pregnancy. Women are more resistant to high altitude periodic breathing than men and 10% of pregnant women are diagnosed with having restless leg syndrome. Another unaddressed problem is the diagnosis of sleep disorders in women. Sleep disorders in women are said to be under-recognized, misdiagnosed and mistreated. This should be communicated accurately without gender bias.

When women can’t sleep it can effect them in more ways than one

When a woman suffers from poor sleep quality compared to men, and is at higher risk for breast cancer, miscarriage and infertility, then the need to include these unique psychosocial issues into research should be prioritized. But how much sleep do we really need? These are the kind of questions I hear from my friends and family. What the research says though is that there is no magic number. But there’s no doubt that nobody wants to have their sleep disturbed by nervous leg disorder, man or woman.

Originally posted 2014-07-28 15:13:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

 

why cant I sleep through the night

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

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

Can Hypnotherapy Help if You Can’t Sleep?

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Many people with insomnia rely on sleeping aids and pills just to sleep better. But another experiment that has surfaced that can make you sleep soundly at night is a more natural form of treatment – hypnotherapy. This medicinal form of hypnotism is a process which leads you into a deep sleep state, just like a fish swimming deeper into the ocean.

Recent research on its benefits for insomnia gathered objective data by using high-density electroencephalograph to document the high and low of the slow-wave sleep activity. It found that, patients that cant sleep and are suffering from insomnia because of difficulty turning off their thoughts can use hypnosis as a method in helping them focus their attention and sway off those deliberate thoughts.

Medication free, yes. But is hypnosis a risk free treatment when you cant sleep?

I have known hypnosis as a technique used by psychotherapist to treat a wide number of ailments and provide therapeutic benefits. I’d never known before that insomnia can be one of them. But what guarantee does it provide that it is safe? Knowing the vast history of hypnosis,  how does it affect the patient’s brain? After all, as the patient only responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist, being in a defenseless state is what makes it a bit scary. I’ve got a friend who tried hypnotism before and woke up an hour afterwards terrified. She thought she detached from her own body and just wandered around the room.

How does hypnotherapy cure insomnia? Considering the high cost of having insomnia and the health risks it comes with, I think it would be worth taking the risks to try it out for once. As it claims to have permanent result. The procedure is very simple; a hypnotist will coaxed you to breathe deeply and told to relax your body. Until you reach a euphoric stage where every part of your body is free from tension and at ease. And the hypnotist would count down from three. They then provide suggestive thoughts to lead your brain into certain ways of thinking.

Hypnotherapy may work for some cases of insomnia, but it doesn’t guarantee to work for patients who have low hypnotic suggestibility compared to those who have higher suggestibility. But the relaxing effect of hypnotherapy may help every patient with insomnia to feel more relaxed and ready for sleep.

Originally posted 2014-07-08 10:28:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter