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

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

stress and insomnia

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

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

restless leg syndrome can stop you getting to sleep

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

Help Me Sleep! The Physical and Medical Causes of Insomnia

Help me sleep tip - dont drink coffee late at night
Coffee is great in the morning. But not last thing at night!

Folks who fall asleep the moment their heads hit the bed probably don’t realize just how lucky they are. Unlike you, they don’t mumble “somebody help me sleep” over and over in frustration as they lie awake in bed. So what’s causing your sleepless nights? There are a number of possible reasons.

You need to know that, while insomnia is a disorder on its own, it can also be a symptom of other underlying problems. These issues could either be psychological or physical in nature. Physical conditions include health problems like heartburn and hormonal imbalance. Insomnia may also be a side effect of certain medicines, particularly those for asthma, allergies, and heart problems.

So the next time you find yourself counting sheep at 3 a.m. think about the possible causes for your insomnia attack. If you’ve been suffering from acid reflux or you’ve been taking asthma medication, plan a trip to the doctor. Your physician might be able to recommend tips on how to sleep better.

An alcoholic night cap isn’t going to help you sleep healthily

If you are sure that you’re healthy, look into your daily habits. Do you drink coffee late in the afternoon or after dinner? Do you smoke or drink alcohol regularly? These habits could be causing you to wail ‘help me sleep!’ every night. Caffeine and nicotine are both stimulants that keep you awake. Meanwhile, alcohol may be a sedative that can help you sleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep so you end up not feeling rested in the morning.

A simple elimination process can help you get to the bottom of your insomnia problem. By knowing the possible causes for your sleeplessness and paying more attention to your body, you will eventually be able to find the answer to the million dollar question: “What can help me sleep?”

Originally posted 2012-05-02 14:09:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Study finds jogging can help you sleep better

jogging can help me get to sleep

A recent study has found that jogging can help you sleep at night.

Insomnia is often caused by troubling thoughts. Worrying is one of the main reasons people have trouble sleeping. So it makes sense that going for a jog in the local park or forest can be beneficial to release the tension.

Doctors tend to agree according to a Glasgow University study. In a survey of 2000 active people, it found that jogging outdoors was twice as beneficial as exercising in a gym. You can read more about the study in this Daily Telegraph article.

The study concluded that being around nature heightens our sense of well being more than being indoors. In addition, the researchers found that exercising outdoors lifts mood and relieves stress. Both of these can be highly beneficial if you are suffering from insomnia and wondering ‘how can I get to sleep?’ at night.

So if counting sheep isn’t working, maybe you should put on your trainers and pound the earth in your local park for 30 minutes to see if jogging can helps you sleep instead.

Originally posted 2012-06-20 16:32:32. 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?

Stressed man playing video game

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

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

Pregnant Can’t Sleep? 3 Tips on Getting More Sleep for You and Your Baby

Pregnant woman unable to sleep

If you’re pregnant and cant sleep, you’re not alone. Insomnia in most pregnant women is a common problem among 75 percent of expectant moms, especially when on the third trimester of pregnancy.

Just like any sleep disorder, if you’re pregnant cant sleep then you need to first identify its causes. This could be a combination of hormonal changes, anxieties, leg cramps and excessive urination. Do not worry too much about your baby or the labor days, I know how I cringe just thinking about it before. But stressing yourself out won’t going to help you one bit. It’s those worrying thoughts that may be why you cant sleep when pregnant, and it’s not healthy for you or your baby.
The following are easy to follow tips suggested by Baby Centre parents when you cant sleep when pregnant. After trying some of these tips you may be surprised how quickly you can fall asleep:

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #1 Eat Good Food

“My grandmother told me that drinking a warm cup of milk and having a banana helps you sleep. Well, after many a night of only having one or two hours’ of sleep due to baby moving, cramps and insomnia, I was ready to try anything. Now, whenever I can’t get back to sleep, warm milk and banana does it every time.” Says Prue.

Warm milk paired with fresh fruits like cherries and bananas is a good combination to aid you to sleep. Cherries are good source of melatonin that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep and researchers recommends eating them an hour before bedtime. Bananas are also rich in potassium and magnesium which are natural muscle relaxants.

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #2 -“Get Comfortable, means more pillows!”

“Propped up with six pillows (so basically sitting up!) helps a lot. That way I can get at least five hours’ good sleep until I awake at my usual time of 5am. I seem to be able to manage my toddler on this amount of sleep, so it must be good practice for when the baby is born.” – Ali
It gets really uncomfortable sleeping on your bed when you are already in your late pregnancy, that’s why most doctors and midwives often recommend their patients to sleep on a comfy armchair or just like what Ali did, pile those pillows on your back and sleep on comfortably.

Pregnant Cant Sleep Tip #3 -“Relax your mind and soul”

“My hubby helped me get good sleep by talking softly and massaging my aching back. And whenever I woke up due to heartburn or uneasiness, he was the one to make me calm and go back to sleep.” – Shameela
“I listen to a boring discussion on the radio and do the breathing exercises taught in the antenatal yoga classes I go to. These have a really soporific effect.” – Lisa

Relaxation techniques are very helpful if you’re pregnant and cant sleep. Deep breathing exercises and yoga are great ways to relax, it helps you put your body, soul and mind into a state of balance. You could also ask your husband to help you relax just like what Shameela’s husband did. Massage is often used to help babies sleep and it is also a good way in treating insomnia in adults.

So if you’re pregnant and cant sleep, try out these tips to get more rest and relaxation for both you and your unborn child.

Originally posted 2014-12-01 09:07:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

I Can’t sleep! – Try these 5 Sleep Remedies

Woman with insomnia

Do you lie awake at night wondering ‘why cant I sleep’? Then maybe you belong to the 60 percent of Americans who is experiencing a sleep problem every night or almost every night. You are either waking randomly at wee hours of the evening, snoring, waking up too early or feeling tired when they get up the following morning.

Some people may have sleeping pills ready on their medicine cabinet or at their bedside table. But for some, sleeping pills effectiveness can become no more effective than a sugar pill, most especially when you use sleeping pills on a nightly basis. The brain receptors become less sensitive to their effects and can even worsen your insomnia in the long run.

So instead of stacking pills, why not look for other safer and more effective ways to end your struggle every night. You can try these five simple sleep remedies that would help you fall fast asleep tonight.

I Can’t Sleep Tip 1. Prioritize your sleep

Adequate sleep is an important part in living a healthy life, it is one of your body’s basic needs. When you lack sleep it will hinder your ability to concentrate and deal with daily pressure. It becomes harmful not only to yourself but with those around you. Recent studies have emerged that most of minor incidents at home, work and even some road accidents are due to the driver’s dozing off behind the wheels.

Plan your activities during the day so that you can have a relaxing sleep in the evening. Keep out from caffeine and alcohol hours before your bedtime, limit your computer, tablet and Smartphone use at night because the blue light emission from these devices suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin and can impede your circadian rhythm.

I Can’t Sleep Tip 2. Try to de-stress when you get home

The reason why many people scream ‘I cant sleep!’ at night is because of anxiety and stress. One better way to discharge yourself from your stressors during the day is to unwind when you get home from work. You can do this just by gazing up at your ceiling while lying down from your bed or your sofa and count down from 60. This way your parasympathetic nervous system will get stimulated which cause to lower down your blood pressure and slows the pace or your breathing. Counting slowly will also help you get rid of your minds distractions. A cup of hot chamomile tea is also good to calm your nerves and relax your body as well.

I Can’t Sleep Tip 3. Meditate

Another factor for why you may be wondering ‘why is it that I cant sleep?’ is anxiety. If you have many troubling thoughts inside your head, there’s no way you are going to sleep soundly tonight. One way to relax your mind is through meditation.

Meditation sends signals to your sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” response and telling it that it’s all right to relax as what Dr.Weil says, “It can help you put aside thoughts from the day.”

I Can’t Sleep Tip 4. Before bed, get it on

Sex is a good stress reliever and when you are stress free you are most likely going to be sleeping well in your bed tonight. As you notice that after sex most couples quickly fall asleep in no time.

Sheenie Ambardar, MD a psychiatrist in West Hollywood, California has an explanation on this. According to Sheenie, “After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness after sex.”

I Can’t Sleep Tip 5. Try Aromatherapy and lavender oils

If you want to stop wondering ‘I cant sleep and want to get to sleep faster and stay asleep then some oils and aroma might be the answer for you. Aromatherapy can’t cure insomnia, however by using its calming effect and relaxing essential oils before your bedtime can quickly make you fall asleep in a short period of time.

“Studies show it’s one of nature’s best sedatives.” And if you’re stewing about work, anxious about money, or just feeling overwhelmed, try spikenard, vetiver, frankincense, myth and clary sage, says Hope Gillerman an aromatic healer and the creator of the cult line H. Gillerman Organics. Gillerman also added that “These oils will slow you down to promote a heavier, more restorative sleep.”

Originally posted 2014-11-29 11:50:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter




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