Help Me Sleep! The Physical and Medical Causes of Insomnia

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

Can’t Sleep? How to get to sleep naturally without medication

Can’t get to sleep?

Are you spending hours tossing and turning dreading another day at work feeling tired and irritable?

If so, you’re not alone. As many as one in ten people suffers from chronic insomnia or a sleep disorder that keeps them awake into the early hours.

Stress, physical pain and anxiety are common causes. If you’re spending hours counting sheep it could also be due to a reaction to medication or injesting stimulants late at night, such as coffee, nicotine or alcohol.

Thankfully, insomnia is a medical condition that can be treated like any other. And I don’t mean reaching for the sleeping pills. Whilst medication can help in the short term, popping a pill every time you want to get to sleep can lead to an unhealthy reliance. A few late night beers also isn’t the answer. While alcohol can make you feel drowsy, it stops you from reaching the deep level of sleep you need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated the next day.

Instead, the best way to cure insomnia is to identify the root cause.

One way is to keep a sleep diary in which you record your night time habits. This could include what you had to eat or drink, what you were doing before going to bed or what you were thinking about when trying to sleep. That way you can spot patterns in your insomnia and identify what you need to change for more hours of snoozing and less hours of stressing.

It’s also a good idea to adopt good sleep hygiene habits.

Avoid watching TV in bed but instead listen to some relaxing music.

Have a long hot bath and try natural sleep remedies, like a banana or camomile tea, just before bedtime. These habits will help your mind and body to relax so you can drift off to the land of nod.

For more advice on how to get more hours of rejuvenating sleep each night and feel more energized and alert each day, visit helpmelseep.us – the home of natural sleep solutions

Originally posted 2014-02-09 15:01:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Will Listening to Music Help Me Sleep?

Will music help me sleep? It’s a good question.

When you’re battling insomnia, you lie there for hours on end, getting agitated and worrying about being tired and crabby the next day. You may dread, yet again, missing the eight hours of sleep you need to be getting every night.

There’s a wide range of reasons why you might be suffering from the nighttime blues. It could be a reaction to medication, too many cups of coffee, troubling thoughts or a wide range of other reasons.

So the first step in battling insomnia is to try and identify what is stopping you from going to sleep at night. Introducing good sleep hygiene habits, such as going to sleep at the same time every night and avoiding stimulants late at night, is a also a wise step.

But if you’ve cut out the caffeine, haven’t been sat in bed working on your laptop and cant identify any psychological reason why you are still awake, it might be worth listening to some music a try.

How can music help me sleep?

To get to sleep, your mind and body has to be able to relax. If your mind is too active, worrying about things or being distracted, then it wont be able to go through the stages of relaxation needed to drift off to sleep.

There are a number of reasons why music can help you get to sleep at night:

1. Helps your body to relax

Along with your mind, your body has to be able to relax in order to get to sleep. This means your heart has to be able to beat at a slow, steady pace so that your muscles and body can relax.

Music can help if it is slow and matches the rhythm of a calm heart because it can subconsciously slow your breathing so that you reach a semi-meditative state and your muscles stop being tense and relax.

 2. Calms down an overactive mind

Have you ever noticed how your thoughts seem to become abstract and random just as your drifting off to sleep? This is your mind becoming relaxed. It stops focusing on the here and now, but instead delves into the chaos of the subconscious mind. To help your mind get there, it needs to be able to relax.

Adopting the practices used by meditators to relax their mind and body can be an effective way of overcoming insomnia.  Soft, relaxing music can enable you to calm the mind and to think in a less ‘present’ active state.

3. Blanket out background noise

If you live in a busy street, with noisy flatmates or family members watching the TV until late at night, background noise can be a real problem. Music can be helpful in providing a blanket of soft noise to replace the background sounds that might be keeping you awake.

Another option is to listen to ‘white noise’ that provides a continuous stream of sound. This can mask distracting background noise that’s disturbing you.

What sort of music can help me sleep?

Some of the music that helps people get to sleep includes Coldplay, Loreena McKennitt or even some downbeat ‘Dream’ trance music.

The best advice is to try calm instrumental music without any vocals. If there’s a singer in the song then it can distract your mind and stop it from relaxing. This could be because your brain has to subconsciously make sense of  the words.

Soft, soothing music without vocals is probably the best for helping your mind and body to relax. You could try listening to panpipes, something ambient (like the sound of crashing waves or rainfall) or maybe even classical music.

A study by the University of Toronto  found that music with slow rhythmic patterns created a meditative mood and slower brainwaves. It also found that classical music with this pattern helped people to get to sleep faster and for longer.

So if you’re wondering ‘what music can help me sleep? try some Bach or Beethoven to see if the scientists are right and that calming classical is great for sleep.

Originally posted 2012-12-05 21:33:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter




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