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Contents

Sleeplessness......................................................................................................................................9

A Small Step That Can Cure Your Sleeplessness...........................................................................11

To Cure Sleeplessness Only Sleep In Bed.......................................................................................12

Count Sheep To Cure Sleeplessness...............................................................................................13

Avoid Spirits To Cure Sleeplessness ..............................................................................................14

Your Bed Could Be Keeping You Awake..........................................................................................15

A Sleep Disorder That Affects The Legs - Restless Sleep Syndrome...........................................16

An Alternative Approach For Overcoming A Sleep Disorder.........................................................18

Children With The Sleep Disorder Of Sleepwalking........................................................................20

Hypersomnia (Oversleeping) ............................................................................................................22

Illnesses That Can Cause A Sleep Disorder.....................................................................................24

Muscle Pain And Sleeplessness ......................................................................................................26

Narcolepsy - A Rare Sleep Disorder ................................................................................................28

Sleep Apnea: A Weighty Issue .........................................................................................................30

Sleeping Disorders: The History ......................................................................................................32

Treating Sleeplessness Naturally......................................................................................................34

Getting Up Earlier Can Beat Sleeplessness ....................................................................................36

Healthy Eating To Cure Sleeplessness.............................................................................................38

Your Television Viewing Might Keep You Awake............................................................................40

Music To Your Sleeping Ears............................................................................................................42

Fresh Air Can Beat Sleeplessness....................................................................................................44

Exercises That Fight Sleeplessness ................................................................................................46

Staying In Bed Can Cause Sleeplessness........................................................................................48

Beat Sleeplessness By Cutting Out Naps .......................................................................................50

Is Procrastination Keeping You Awake?..........................................................................................52

What Is Sleep Deprivation?................................................................................................................54

Determining If You Suffer From Sleep Deprivation ........................................................................55

Spotting Sleep Deprivation: The Symptoms....................................................................................56

Sleep Deprivation: What Happens To Your Body? .........................................................................57
Understanding The Cause Of Sleep Deprivation.............................................................................58

Sleep Deprivation: Do You Get Enough Sleep? …..........................................................................59

Does Your Lifestyle Lead To Sleep Deprivation?............................................................................60

How To Win Your War Against Sleeplessness And Sleep Disorders Sometimes Medications Are To Blame For Sleep Deprivation................................................................................................61

Sleep Deprivation Caused From Medical Problems........................................................................63

Sleep Deprivation: More Than Not Getting A Good Night's Rest ..................................................64

Sleep Deprivation: Understanding What You're Going Through...................................................65

Sleep Deprivation And Driving .........................................................................................................66

Complications Of Sleep Deprivation.................................................................................................67

The Risks Of Sleep Deprivation.........................................................................................................68

What You Can Do To Overcome Sleep Deprivation .......................................................................69

Using Natural Sleep Aids ..................................................................................................................70

When To Know You Need Sleep Aids ..............................................................................................71

Do You Need Prescription Sleep Aids?............................................................................................72

Sleeplessness Symptoms and How To Decide On Sleep Aids......................................................73

Herbal Sleep Aids...............................................................................................................................74

Sleep Aids That Don't Require Medication.......................................................................................75

Treatment Of Sleep Disorder And Sleep Aid Ideas .........................................................................76

New Prescription Sleep Aids ............................................................................................................77

What To Look For In Sleep Aids........................................................................................................78

Types Of Prescription Sleep Aids ....................................................................................................79

Risk Factors For Sleep Disorders And Sleep Aids For Them........................................................80

Best Sleep Aids And Natural Aids.....................................................................................................82

Over the Counter Sleep Aids ............................................................................................................83

Alternative Therapies As Sleep Aids ...............................................................................................84

How To Choose Sleep Aids……........................................................................................................85


Sleeplessness
When you think of Sleeplessness you're thinking of someone who can't sleep for a reasonable amount of time. A typical complaint from an Sleeplessness is not being able to close their eyes or rest their mind for over a few minutes at a time. There are many reasons for this ranging from anxiety to bipolar disorder. Yet sometimes there's no real causes and can just happen for any given reason, but too much activity and physical pain can be causes for someone not to be sleeping at night.

Finding the underlying causes is key to finding a cure for this problem. It's also been found that not eating has contributed to someone not sleeping. There are 3 types of Sleeplessness and they are transient Sleeplessness which lasts anywhere from a single night to several weeks, acute Sleeplessness is the inability to sleep well for a single period of 3 weeks to up to 6 months, and chronic is deemed the most serious where it's happening nightly for at least a month or longer.

There are options to treat Sleeplessness the most common is medicinal since there's commercials on for Ambien, Ambien CR (Controlled Release) , Rozerem, and Lunesta prescribed for people dealing with sleeping disorders.

It seems in this day and age that sleeping disorders are becoming more common and prevalent because with the new line of sleeping tablets coming out explains clearly shows that there is an increase of sleeping disorders of many variations. Some of the medications out there that's used in treatment of Sleeplessness have proven that it was effective in helping

Sleeplessness wake and sleep at the right time, but it lacks the data information to prove the theory as truth and factual.

Lunesta and Ambien are noted to having a high psychological dependence than the older
brands of sleeping tablets and now cognitive behaviour therapy is one of the many options widely
used in someone dealing with Sleeplessness and using the medication Rozerem because of the like
hood of getting hooked to the drug is reduced and is widely prescribed for people who have a
history of overusing their medications.
Some Sleeplessness have used herbs like chamomile when drunk in tea and lavender for
aromatherapy as a means to relax. Sleeplessness can also result in a deficiency of magnesium and
getting the right amount has proven to improve the quality of a person's sleeping patterns.
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Pomegranates are also good for Sleeplessness since there's a nutrient in the fruit key for
everything from immunity to cardiovascular health and are good for improving sleep. Sleeplessness
are also advised to eliminate a lot of the stress and tension in their lives because this is a
triggering problem in the everyday life on an Sleeplessness. Chinese medicine has also been
introduced into helping those with sleeping disorders and other issues surrounding that.
According to statistics taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services it's
estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from some type of Sleeplessness and is noted to increase
with age. 40% of women and 30% of men suffer from this.
Women tend to deal with this more because of increased level of responsibilities in their lives
since more and more households in the United States are becoming single run homes and 75%
of women are the heads of them which makes them the sole bread winners and taking on the
role of mother and father which makes their lives increasingly difficult when they don't have a
partner or spouse to give them the support they need.
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A Small Step That Can Cure Your Sleeplessness
When you are in bed and looking at your clock slowly tick the moments away, you can become
very frustrated and discouraged. Sleeplessness is something that no one wants to suffer from.
Millions of people do suffer from it every night and there are some simple solutions that you can
try that just may cure you of that Sleeplessness almost effortlessly.
When you have Sleeplessness, it's almost as if realizing how much time you have wasted lying in bed
watching the clock has made it even harder to fall asleep. You become nervous knowing that
instead of a full eight hours of rest the best you can get now is perhaps five or six.
This is not the way anyone wants to spend a night. Staring at your clock won't help you fall
asleep. The numbers are simply a distraction that a person falling asleep does not need.
The best thing you can do is move your clock so it is out of your direct sight line. If you do this
you won't be as tempted to continuously stare at it. The added pressure of how much sleep you
have already lost will be removed and you will be much more likely to simply drift off to sleep.
If this cure for Sleeplessness is difficult for you because you like to know what time it is when you
wake up, an alternative is to have a watch near the bed. If we have to turn on a light to view the
time, we are much less likely to do that while trying to fall asleep. In the morning however, when
you know it is nearing time to get up, using the light to check the watch has no bearing on your
sleep since you've already gotten your full night's rest.
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To Cure Sleeplessness Only Sleep In Bed
Our beds are such a place of welcoming comfort. Many people like to sit in bed and eat dinner
while watching television or study for a test while nestled under the covers.
Although these scenarios bring up visions of cozy comfort, they are not visions that someone
who suffers from Sleeplessness should be having. One of the causes of Sleeplessness can be what you
are doing in your bed.
If you are a person who spends more time in bed than just when you sleep, you may be setting
yourself up for an Sleeplessness problem. Our beds become associated with certain things and if
those things involve us being stimulated, when it comes to sleeping our beds, that might be
difficult to do.
Many people enjoy sitting in bed and watching television late at night. As they are under the
covers, all dressed in their nightclothes, they are stimulating their minds with the program they
are watching. When it comes time to turn the television and the lights off, sleep might not come
easy. There mind is still associating what they saw on television with their bed.
For people who do occasionally suffer from Sleeplessness, making an effort to save their time in bed
for only sleep or intimacy with their partner might be what they need to do. Our bodies natural
want to be in bed to sleep and if that's all that we are doing there, it becomes a trigger. Once we
are in bed, the desire to sleep sets in and we drift off.
If instead we've been eating, watching television, studying or reading there, those associations
may take over and the need to sleep takes a back seat. Save your bed for what it is designed
for and you'll find that Sleeplessness won't have a place there either.
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Count Sheep To Cure Sleeplessness
It's almost become a joke that counting sheep will help a person sleep. It seems silly to envision
a herd of sheep, each one passing by or jumping over a small fence. We silently count them in
our minds and before long we're fast asleep.
Although it does sound and seem foolish, counting sheep can actually be a very natural cure for
Sleeplessness. The reason isn't behind the fact that we particularly care about how many sheep we
have in our imaginations, it's because of the rhythmic nature of the counting.
When a person is struggling to fall asleep often that is because their mind is moving in several
different directions all at the same time. They might be thinking about work, where the children
need to be for practice tomorrow, when the dentist's appointment is and with all of that going on,
the mind cannot calm down enough to allow the body to fall asleep. Instead Sleeplessness sets in
and instead of the person's mind growing peaceful, it becomes more active.
The idea that counting sheep works stems from the fact that if we concentrate on one thing our
mind and body will naturally relax. If you envision sheep and start counting them, the rhythm of
that can help lull you to sleep.
For people who say it works, they usually cannot recall how many sheep they silently counted
before falling asleep. That's because it worked and it worked quickly.
The practice is certainly worth a try for those people who do suffer from the occasional bout of
Sleeplessness. It doesn't need to be sheep. If you're fonder of dogs, cats or birds make them your
counting partner and before long your Sleeplessness won't measure into your sleep equation at all
because it will be invisible.
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Avoid Spirits To Cure Sleeplessness
After a rather fun Christmas or birthday party in which you've partaken in a few cocktails, you
might find it difficult to fall asleep. Even though the alcohol has made you a bit tipsy and
consequently a little tired, you toss and turn in bed, sleep eluding you.
The reason behind this type of Sleeplessness is that when we consume alcohol in the hours before
bed we may be setting ourselves up for a horrible night's sleep. The alcohol works as a
stimulant and regardless of how tight we close or eyes or how deeply we long for sleep, it
doesn't happen.
The cure might not be in cutting out the alcohol completely. It might however be in the type of
alcohol and also in when and how much you're drinking.
If you've tied one on right before you need to go to bed, the alcohol might still be strongly in your
system. It's still keeping you awake by stimulating you. If you do fall asleep, often what happens
is that you don't sleep soundly. The effects of the alcohol won't allow your body to drift into deep
sleep, so the result might be that you sleep fitfully, turning and tossing or waking frequently. You
wake in the morning feeling exhausted.
The way to avoid alcohol induced Sleeplessness is to either not drink in the evening or choose a drink
that works to relax you instead of stimulate you. For some people that might be red or white
wine. A glass of wine with dinner is said to relax the body and aid in sleep.
If you do think that alcohol might be playing a part in your Sleeplessness, keep track of what and
when you consume. Once you have that information you can adjust what you are drinking so
that you are able to get the best sleep you can, free from Sleeplessness.
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Your Bed Could Be Keeping You Awake
Retiring to bed each night is one of the best parts of the day. After dealing with other people for
hours and exerting not only our bodies but our minds, finding solace beneath the sheets offers
comfort. When that solace doesn't come and we're instead fighting against Sleeplessness, our bed
becomes a much less comfortable environment.
There are many natural approaches to curing Sleeplessness. Some involve exercise, others taking an
herbal remedy or drinking a warm cup of specially brewed herbal tea. Another less obvious
remedy might be in our own beds.
Trying to sleep in an uncomfortable bed can lead to Sleeplessness. Beds wear out and if yours is
getting old it might not be providing the support that you need. Naturally we become used to the
feeling of our beds and we don't always recognize if it's losing firmness.
It's important to also note the condition of the pillows that you are using. If they have seen better
days, they might be contributing to your inability to sleep. Your head and neck might not be in a
comfortable position and as you toss and turn to find a spot to drift of in, you are wasting
moments that are better used sleeping.
If you do find that you are waking up feeling tired, examine your bed. Check to see if it's sagging
and if any of the springs are poking through. Also if your pillows aren't plump it might be wise to
invest in one or two new ones.
Simple steps like this are a great way to get a better night's sleep. We all want to do things in as
natural a way as possible including treating Sleeplessness. If you are able to do that simply by
updating your bed, you've invested in years of better sleep.
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A Sleep Disorder That Affects The Legs - Restless Sleep
Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome, known as RLS, is a sleep disorder that afflicts more than 15 percent of
adults.
It affects more women than men and the incidence of restless leg syndrome increases with age.
Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and varicose veins, also increase the risk
of developing restless leg syndrome.
This sleep disorder is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the lower legs, knees
and occasionally the arms. Sometimes painful sensations accompany the urge to move. People
that suffer from this sleep disorder describe the feelings and sensations in different ways. Many
describe a tingling, itching or pulling sensation. Still others say it feels prickly or burns. Some
feel as if they have worms crawling under their skin.
The sensations which are typical of this sleep disorder can occur anytime during the day or
night.
Restless leg syndrome occurring at night has a devastating effect on sleep. The symptoms can
cause the sufferer to get in and out of bed repeatedly which can delay or disrupt sleep. Since
sleep in repeatedly interrupted, extreme daytime sleepiness is common.
The combination of always feeling tired and the symptoms themselves can cause a person with
restless leg syndrome to alter their lifestyle. Long trips, movies, concerts and eating in
restaurants are some of the activities they usually avoid. Attending a long meeting at work can
become very painful and uncomfortable. People that have this sleep disorder often suffer from
depression.
Researchers believe that restless leg syndrome may be caused by malfunctions of the
pathways in the brain that controls movement reflexes and sensations. Often this sleep disorder
has a genetic base.
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Restless leg syndrome cannot be diagnosed by one single test. Often standard neurological
examinations show no signs of an abnormality. In many cases, a doctor makes the diagnosis of
restless leg syndrome based on the description of the symptoms. They also take into account
family history, and the results of a routine medical examination and blood tests.
Many times the treatment for restless leg syndrome is aimed at controlling the debilitating
sensations that accompany this sleep disorder. Often iron supplements are prescribed because
severe anemia has been linked to this disorder. Relaxation techniques, diet changes and the
elimination of caffeine and alcohol help some sufferers of restless leg syndrome.
In most cases, this sleep disorder is treated with drugs. These drugs could include dopamine
agents, benzodiazepines, opioids or anticonvulsants. Medications do not cure restless leg
syndrome, but they manage the symptoms. People that suffer from this sleep disorder usually
have to stay on their medications for the rest of their lives.
Another sleep disorder similar to restless leg syndrome is periodic limb movement disorder
known as PLMD. There are two main differences between restless leg syndrome and periodic
limb movement disorder. Restless leg syndrome occurs when the sufferer is awake or asleep;
periodic limb movement disorder only occurs when the sufferer is asleep. Restless leg
syndrome movements are voluntary responses to very unpleasant sensations; the movements
of periodic limb movement disorder are involuntary and are not consciously controlled. Both of
these sleep disorders can be effectively controlled with medical treatment.
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An Alternative Approach For Overcoming A Sleep Disorder
Having a sleep disorder can be very disruptive to everyday life. Sleep deprived people are
usually excessively tired and sleepy. They tend to become irritable and very emotional. At times
they become a danger, not only to themselves, but also to those around them.
Some people use alternative, natural ways to lessen the effects of their sleep disorder. Many
people focus on diet and nutrition, while others use herbs and supplements. Still others believe
in the positive effect of exercise, relaxation and sensory techniques, meditation or behavioral
and cognitive strategies. Often people use a combination of these approaches to help alleviate
the symptoms of their sleep disorder.
A healthy diet is essential for optimal energy and a restful sleep. Avoiding certain foods is as
important as including others in your daily diet. Eating a wide variety of foods and drinking
plenty of water will keep your body well- balanced and provide a more stable energy level.
Avoiding food that is grown, treated or processed with chemicals, and limiting the amount of
sugar and caffeine will also help your overall physical condition. Many foods promote a restful
sleep and are helpful in relieving some of the symptoms of certain sleep disorders. Eating the
proper snack before bedtime can increase natural serotonin levels. Serotonin acts as a natural
sedative and is made in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. Foods that a re rich in
tryptophan include chicken, turkey, cheese, cottage cheese, fish, milk, nuts, avocados and
bananas.
Many people use herbs and natural supplements as an alternative approach to treating their
sleep disorder. There are many nutritional supplements and herbal products on the market. It is
important to know how a specific product acts on the body as well as on the specific sleep
disorder.. For example many people with restless leg syndrome have an iron or folic acid
deficiency. Taking an iron supplement may alleviate some of the symptoms of RLS. Many herbs
are well known for promoting a natural sleep. A clamming tea of chamomile or lemon balm can
be very relaxing to many people that suffer from a sleep disorder.
Exercise and relaxation techniques, whether used alone or together, can reduce stress and
muscle tension. Many people that use these techniques to lessen the symptoms of a sleep
disorder do these before going to bed. They not only ease physical tension but they calm the
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mind and prepare the body to sleep. These techniques include mindful exercise, progressive
muscle relaxation, breathing exercises and yoga.
Meditation and visualization are also used by some sufferers of sleep disorders to calm the
body before sleep. Two common forms of mediation are meditation on the breath and mantra
meditation. Both of these types can have a positive effect on relieving stress and calming the
body. Many people focus their energy on a healing visualization as a method of alternative
therapy for their sleep disorder.
Sensory techniques that people use to lessen the symptoms of their sleep disorder are
hydrotherapy, and aroma therapy. The two main techniques included in hydrotherapy, which
means water therapy, are relaxing in an Epsom salt bath and a lymph stimulating footbath.
Aroma therapy includes the use of therapeutic essential oils in baths, massage oils, room
sprays, and simple inhalants.
Alternative behavioral and cognitive strategies used to combat the symptoms of a sleep disorder
include improving a person's sleep hygiene, stimulus control therapy and journal writing.
Alternative practices and techniques can help many types of sleep disorders. Often they are
used in conjunction with traditional medication and practices.
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Children With The Sleep Disorder Of Sleepwalking
The sleep disorder of sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, affects approximately 14%
of school-age children between five and twelve years old at least once. Approximately one
quarter of the children with this sleep disorder have more frequent episodes. Sleepwalking is
more common in boys then it is in girls. Most children that sleepwalk outgrow the symptoms of
this sleep disorder by adolescence as their nervous systems develop.
In children this sleep disorder is thought to be the result of the immaturity of the brain's sleep /
wake cycle. Normally the entire brain wakes up at the same time. However, in the case of a
sleepwalker, the entire brain does not wake up together. The portion that is responsible for
mobility wakes up while the portion responsible for cognition and awareness stays asleep. The
child is actually in a deep state of sleep.
With this sleep disorder the brain remains partially asleep but the body is able to move. It is
common for the sleepwalker to get out of bed and walk around. Sometimes they get dressed or
go outside. Even though the sleepwalker's eyes are open and they see what they are doing,
their expression remains blank. They do not respond to conversation or their name being called.
A sleepwalker's movements usually appear clumsy. It is not uncommon for them to trip over
furniture or knock over things as they move around. A sleepwalking episode usually happens
one to two hours after the child goes to sleep. Most of these episodes last for fifteen minutes or
less, but some can last for an hour or more.
This sleep disorder in children is usually outgrown and treatment is not generally necessary. In
most cases, a parent gently guiding the child back to bed is all that is needed. There is not any
need to wake the child.
However, there is about 1% of the population that sleepwalk as adults. Adults that have this
sleep disorder did not necessarily have it as a child. In adults a sleepwalking episode can be
triggered by stress, anxiety, sleep fragmentation, sleep deprivation, or certain medical
conditions such as epilepsy.
Treatment for adults with this sleep disorder is often dependent upon the amount of danger they
are in during an episode. For example, a sleepwalker who opens doors and goes outside onto a
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busy city street is in danger. A sleepwalker that gets up and goes into the living room and sits
down on a chair most likely is not in danger. Treatments can include behavioral therapies, self
hypnosis, or prescription medication.
A sleepwalker, whether adult or child, needs to have a safe area so that they do not get hurt
during an episode. Precautions can be taken to eliminate some dangers. Parents should make
sure the child's bedroom does not have any sharp or breakable objects. Doors should be locked
at night to keep the sleepwalker from going outside. Sometimes it is necessary to put bells on
doors to alert the sleeping parent that their child is sleepwalking. Large glass windows and
doors should be covered with heavy drapery to lessen the chance of having the sleepwalker
walk through it while it is closed.
A child with the sleep disorder of somnambulism needs to be protected and kept safe during an
episode. It is the environment they are in that is the danger more then the sleep disorder itself.
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Hypersomnia (Oversleeping)
Most people don't realize they oversleep when they have a condition called hypersomnia and
that's due in part to recurring episodes of excessive daytime sleeping and prolonged nighttime
sleep. This is different from the average person taking that midday nap when they do it at
sometimes the most inappropriate times like at work, during meals, or even in conversation with
people.
Hypersomniacs are also diagnosed with narcolepsy, which can be quite dangerous because
some individuals are behind the wheel of cars or even cooking in their home and aren't aware
that they fell asleep. Some hypersomniacs and narcoleptics can fall asleep and then wake up
and resume where they left off in conversations with people. Usually daytime naps usually
provide no relief or symptoms to the problem(s) and will result in the individual(s) having
increased difficulty in waking from a long extended period of sleeping, disorientation, anxiety,
decreased energy, increased fatigue, restlessness, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite,
hallucinations, and problems with memory functions.
Some individuals also experience losing the ability to function in normal family, social,
occupational, and other settings familiar to that person.
Hypersomnia can be triggered by sleep apnea or narcolepsy, where it can lead to dysfunction of
the autonomic nerve system, which can be brought on, by acute alcohol and/or drug abuse. In
some cases rare or not it can also be triggered from physical problems such as tumors, head
trauma or injuries to the nervous system. Specific medications or withdrawal of medications
and/or drugs may contribute to someone having hypersomnia. Medical conditions such as
multiple sclerosis, depression, encephalitis, epilepsy, and obesity can contribute to hypersomnia
as well.
It's also been noted that those who have hypersomnia are also genetically dispositioned to this
problem whereas in others there's no known or documented cause. Hypersomnia typically
affects adolescents and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Although the most common causes
of this disorder differs in the age brackets. Information can be located on the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Strokes website if you're seeking a more thorough clinical
explanation to this problem. This isn't a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician
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so it's ideal to educate yourself, but leave the diagnosing and treatment to a doctor so that you
condition can be monitored closely.
People who are not seeing a doctor when they identify problems that are not normal for them to
experience are misdiagnosing too many issues with sleep. Persons who are severely obese can
also have a difficult time losing the weight because of the fact that lack of sleep can increase the
body's metabolic rate, which can trigger excessive hunger in those who are trying to lose
weight.
This is why so many people who are obese are eating more than they should because a lot of
them sleep so much that they wake up wanting to eat when they should be sleeping like normal
people do and not up at all hours of the night wanting to eat. This is why it's harder for people
who are obese to lose weight when they sleep too much and not training their body to rest
instead of wanting to eat food.
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Illnesses That Can Cause A Sleep Disorder
Many times a sleep disorder can be caused from an illness or from the medications used to
treat an illness. Some of the common health conditions that can cause a sleeping problem are
cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders, neurological disorders, respiratory disease, mental
illness, gastroesophageal reflux disease, kidney disease, and arthritis.
Cardiovascular disease includes congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease. These
are the two most common heart problems that affect sleep and can cause a sleep disorder.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood of the body's
needs. Blood backs up in the veins of the heart which lead to the kidneys and edema eventually
damages the lungs and other organs. People suffering from congestive heart failure have a very
high risk of developing the sleep disorder of obstructive sleep apnea. Coronary heart disease is
the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, called atherosclerosis.
This condition also can lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep disorders can occur from endocrine disorders such as diabetes and thyroid disease.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the body processes and uses carbohydrates, fats and
proteins. People that have uncontrolled diabetes often develop the sleep disorder of restless leg
syndrome. Thyroid hormones regulate the body's energy levels. Hyperthyroidism can make it
difficult to fall asleep, and cause night sweats the person to wake.
Neurological disorders include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and strokes.
Parkinson's disease is a central nervous system disorder. This disease causes problems with
body motion, including tremors, unstable posture, slowed body movements, muscle stiffness,
and difficulty walking. Sleep disorders that occur with this disease include REM sleep behavior
disorder and sleep onset Sleeplessness. Alzheimer's disease impairs the brain's intellectual functions
and is the most common cause of dementia. This disease causes sleep fragmentation. Epilepsy
causes recurrent, sudden, brief changes in the normal electrical activity of the brain. People with
this condition are twice as likely to suffer from the sleep disorder Sleeplessness. People that suffer a
stroke usually also have obstructive sleep apnea.
People that have respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, usually also have a sleep disorder. Asthma is a chronic lung condition that makes
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breathing difficult when air passages become inflamed and narrow. Chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, known as COPD, refers to a group of disorders that damage the lungs and
make breathing difficult. Many people with these conditions suffer from Sleeplessness and sleep
fragmentation.
Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and
seasonal affective disorder can also lead to a sleep disorder. People with these mental health
disorders often suffer from sleep fragmentation and Sleeplessness.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, causes the stomach's juices to flow
backwards into the esophagus. This causes the sleep disorder of sleep fragmentation.
Kidney disease causes the kidneys to lose their ability to filter the proper amount of waste
products from the blood and regulate the body's balance of salt and water. This can cause the
sleep disorders of restless leg syndrome and Sleeplessness to develop.
People with arthritis often find it difficult to fall asleep because of the pain. This often results in
Sleeplessness.
If an illness causes a sleep disorder to develop, the sleep disorder is secondary to the illness.
Successful treatment of the primary underlying cause will usually diminish the effects of the
sleep disorder.
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Muscle Pain And Sleeplessness
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects the muscles and joints and is seen in only 3-6%
of the general population in the world. It's generally seen more in females than males with a
ratio percentage of 9.1 according to the College of Rhumatology and is commonly diagnosed in
females between the ages of 20-50 though it's been noted that the onset happens in childhood.
This is not a life-threatening disease though the degree of pain in the condition can vary day to
day with periods of flare ups and remission. The disease is being argued and viewed as nonprogressive,
but that's a point that remains in limbo.
This is a problematic issue that can be a reason to keep someone up at night because the pain
can be unbearable with the tingling and achiness in the muscles. This drives many who deal
with this to endless and chronic deprivation of sleep. Those who suffer fibromyalgia also note
issues with memory and other neurological issues, but the most frequent is the issues with
sleeping that individuals go through when they deal with painful, annoying flare-ups.
Other issues that surround this problem, which can make sleeping very difficult, are irritable
bowel syndrome with constipation, which affects mostly women and few men. Skin disorders
like dermatological disorders, headaches, myofacial twitching, and symptomatic hypoglycemia.
Stress, excessive physical exertion, lack of sleep, changes in temperature and baromic
pressure. This condition can worsen when individuals don't sleep or getting the proper rest and
not overdoing on things in their daily lives.
The American Medical Association had officially recognized fibromyalgia as a medical condition
back in 1987 when the disorder was around since the 1800s. It's been said that flare ups are not
identical to the ones that are found in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but ibuprofen like Advil,
Acenomenofen (Tylenol), and Neproxine (Aleve) which are anti-inflammatory and can bring
some comfort to those with fibromyalgia flare ups. Massage has also been ideal in helping those
who deal with fibromyalgia to find comfort when they have flare ups. Massage helps to transfer
fluids from the muscles and joints and increases circulation to the affected areas to bring some
temporary relief for inflammation and flare ups.
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Which can actually help improve sleep for someone in pain, but it's best to get a massage when
you're not on any medication due to the high risk of side effects that can be triggered from
massaging tissue and muscles.
Fibromyalgia is a manageable problem if you follow your doctor's instructions and take your
medication as directed and getting the right amount of sleep and getting plenty of exercise and
eating a nutritious diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water and
limiting things in the diet that can also aggravate flare ups. When you take care of yourself
properly you can actually improve the quality of sleep as well as decreasing the debilitating pain.
That can keep someone up all night long instead of allowing them to sleep and getting in a
decent amount of time for rest and feeling stress free and more relaxed, so that they can face
the day with no painful flare ups and discomfort that can be annoying.
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Narcolepsy - A Rare Sleep Disorder
Narcolepsy, a relatively rare sleep disorder, causes people to fall asleep when they do not want
to. This is caused by a neurological disorder. The brain sends signals to the body that are sleep
inducing; however, they are sent at inappropriate and unpredictable times. Often it happens
when a person is involved in a quiet activity, such as watching a movie or during a meeting.
Sometimes a person with this sleep disorder falls asleep while driving, which is obviously
extremely dangerous. Others fall asleep while they are eating or talking. The overwhelming
need to sleep can come at any hour of the day during any activity.
People suffering with narcolepsy often do not realize how sleepy they are, nor how often they
fall asleep. It is often a family member, friend or coworker that convinces them that they need to
seek medical help for their sleep disorder.
Narcolepsy has five main symptoms. These are excessive daytime sleepiness, Sleeplessness and
fragmented sleep, sleep paralysis, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations. Some people with
this sleep disorder experience only one symptom but others can experience all five.
Excessive daytime sleepiness is generally the first symptom to appear. Everyone with
narcolepsy has this symptom. The feeling of needing to sleep is so strong that sufferers are
unable to fend it off, regardless of how hard they try. These sleep attacks, as they are usually
called, can happen several times and last for five to ten minutes.
Sleeplessness and fragmented sleep are a very common symptom of this sleep disorder. People with
narcolepsey often have a very difficult time falling asleep at night, even though they fall asleep
easily throughout the day. When they do fall asleep at night they wake up often and do not
follow a typical REM / non REM sleep pattern.
Sleep paralysis occurs in about half of the people that suffer from this sleep disorder. For
several minutes before falling to sleep or waking up, the person with this symptom cannot talk or
move.
The loss of muscle function while awake is cataplexy. These episodes are usually very short in
length. Over half of the people with narcolepsy experience this symptom of this sleep disorder.
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They are caused by a part of REM not functioning correctly. Often, episodes are brought on by
anger, laughter or any other strong emotion. Sometimes knees buckle, necks and jaws become
weak or the person may fall to the ground. Even though the person looks like they are asleep
and cannot talk, they are fully awake and aware of what is happening.
A hypnagogic hallucination is experiencing very vivid and often frightening sounds, images or
physical sensations. These occur from dreams just before the person is falling asleep or waking
up. It is very difficult for a person with this sleep disorder to distinguish between the dream and
reality. These hallucinations often have very dangerous themes and are extremely frightening.
Often they are accompanied by sleep paralysis.
There are also several lesser symptoms of narcolepsy. These include blurred vision, migraine
headaches, memory or concentration problems and automatic behavior. An apostate of
automatic behavior can last for several minutes. During that time a person with this sleep
disorder will perform a routine task. The task is often done incorrectly, such as placing a turkey
in the dishwasher or writing past the end of a page.
Narcolepsy can be diagnosed and treated with various drugs. If left untreated this sleep disorder
can ruin a person's life.
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Sleep Apnea: AWeighty Issue
Sleep apnea is the condition for where there are pauses in breathing during sleep. These are
defined by medical terminology when an individual literally stops breathing. There are two types
of apneas Central and Obstructive. This is a common problem among the morbidly obese which
requires them to wear an oxygen mask so they can breathe since that's due in part of their
weight bearing down on their chest crushing their rib cage and lungs.
According to medical reports the population at risk are obese middle-aged males since
physiology doesn't make women potential sufferers of sleep apnea. The problem is that people
who do fall asleep due to sleep apnea will go through brief periods where people think they're
not going to wake up. Keep in mind that this is very serious because if it's not properly
diagnosed it can be life threatening. People with excessive weight usually morbidly obese
constantly have to deal with frequent episodes of paused breathing. Snoring is a common
problem with the morbidly obese and constant gasping for air while sleeping is another problem.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be dangerous to the heart because it's prolonging and deprivation
of oxygen to keep the circulation flowing efficiently.
Other symptoms that are deemed non-specific are headaches, irritability, moodiness, difficulty
concentrating, Noctoria (getting up in the middle of the night to urinate), increased urination,
decreased sexual drive, increased heart rate, anxiety, depression, esophageal reflux (acid reflux
disease), and profuse heavy sweating at night.
Sleep apnea has also been linked to congestive and congenital heart failure usually found in
people who are diagnosed as morbidly obese because of the excessive weight on them. This is
from severe and prolonged cases meaning the individual(s) were not being treated and had let
the condition get to the point that it's no longer treatable.
Individuals born with Down's Syndrome are likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea since 50%
of the population that has this genetic condition are likely to be diagnosed because of having an
enlarged head, adenoids, tonsils, tongue, and narrowing of the nasopharnyx. Pharyngeal flap
surgery has also been noted to cause sleep apnea in patients because of the obstruction in the
breathing pattern after surgery which if not monitored can be life threatening. There are different
treatments for people with sleep apnea and doctors and ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialists
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take the following into consideration for designing a treatment plan for those who are diagnosed
with this condition.
The factors that are considered are an individual's medical history, severity of the disorder, and
the specific cause for the obstruction. Some treatments also incorporate a lifestyle change,
avoiding alcohol and medications that can relax the nervous system.
Other lifestyle changes is losing weight and quitting smoking, and incorporate things like
elevating themselves while sleeping so that they can breathe using slanted pillows. The weight
issue is the biggest lifestyle concern because that causes some people to be confined to beds
where they can't move and be active contributing further into a person's weight gain.
Usually if someone who's morbidly obese and loses about 50 pounds within a couple months
their condition improves, but it's usually up to a steady support system to get someone on a set
routine and healthy eating plan that helps to get their weight down so they can qualify for other
treatments to help them maintain weight loss which is either through gastric bypass which has
to be strongly enforced since this surgery is irreversible and you have to eat differently and
undergo a major lifestyle change. The other option is lap band, which is reversible, but again to
maintain the weight loss to improve sleep and breathing patterns comes with monitoring what
one eats and exercise to help improve breathing patterns.
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Sleeping Disorders: The History
When we hear about sleeping disorders we're commonly hearing about those who sleepwalk
and can't sleep which is known as Sleeplessness, but often we wonder why sleeping disorders are
becoming a prominent issue in today's society. Right now according to the website Wikipedia
there are a total of 14 different disorders ranging from eye twitching to restless legs. Some of
these problems are treatable and even preventable when monitored by a doctor or specialized
health professional. Sleeping disorders can be extremely dangerous when they go
undiagnosed. Many people who are suffering from this disorder are facing a lot of life
threatening problems because having a sleeping disorder can disrupt you from living your
normal everyday life.
This can overtake someone if they're spending more time worrying about their condition than
getting the correct amount of sleep. The problem with many people who are dealing with a
sleeping disorder is that they're not aware of it being a problem until they see it's affecting their
job and everyday life. Those who suffer from this can also develop clinical depression because
they feel like they're not able to do any of the things they're used to doing if they've been
diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
Individuals are given a test called the Polysomnogram which is used to determine and diagnose
sleep disorders so specialists and doctors can plan a treatment designed for that individual
person since not all treatments are the same. According to Wikipedia they list the common
treatment options for sleeping disorders are: behavioral/psychotherapeutic, medications
(Rozerem, Ambien, Ambien CR and Lunesta are common prescribed sleeping tablets given for those diagnosed with a sleeping disorder), and other somatic treatments that are given.
Sometimes people who have disorders such as narcolepsy usually have their brain activity
measured to see where they are reaching peak points of sleeping so they can be treated since narcoleptics can't really work on jobs that require them to operate machinery or other things because they have to be alert and awake to know what they're doing.

Many people who are currently diagnosed with a sleeping disorder are usually treated medicinally for whatever time period the doctor prescribes and monitors the person's condition for. Having a sleeping disorder can make people feel like they're not normal and that they're sick when it's not a sickness and that you can treat the problem through medicine and proper therapy to retrain your body to sleep on a normal scale.

The average person sleeps anywhere between 6-8 hours, but the most anyone sleeps is 10 hours. It's noted that people who sleep more than the regular number of hours tend to throw their bodies off due to the fact that naturally we sleep and awake when the day changes. It's ideal to get the right amount of rest because of the fact that your immune system can stress out when you don't get any kind of rest which can also trigger other medical and health issues from the lack of rest.

This can be a problem with mostly younger people because you find that lifestyles in this day and age trigger the use of drugs, drinking, smoking, and a poor diet consisting of a lot of unhealthy food choices and a lack of exercise and maintaining physical health.

Treating Sleeplessness Naturally

Sleep is something that every human being requires. For some people they only need a few hours of sleep every night, but for others if they don't get at a minimum eight hours, they cannot function properly during the day. Their work, their relationships and their life is impacted. Sleep in fundamental to a healthy and happy life.

Sleeplessness is a problem that affects millions of people each night. If you are one of these
individuals and you've spent a night filled with sleeplessness, you would most certainly welcome any method that would guarantee sleep. Having first hand knowledge of how difficult it is not to be able to sleep, gives a person an appreciation for how valuable resting our bodies is.

Sleeplessness can be a chronic condition for some people. It may begin as a symptom of an illness or during a particularly stressful time in someone's life and it causes such a drastic disruption in the individual's sleep pattern that they struggle to find a way to regain a normal sleep pattern.

Spending years struggling to find a method to sleep is a frustrating experience. Traditional medicine offers many alternatives for people who have suffered from serious sleeplessness. Sleeping tablets are a commonly prescribed remedy. Although they do adequately treat
the Sleeplessness, they also often have serious side-effects. One of the most serious side-effects is that they are often addictive. It becomes a trade-off for those who choose this approach.

Although their Sleeplessness is treated, they become dependent on medication and in some cases have to stay on that medication for the rest of their lives.

There are natural alternatives that a person can take to treat the Sleeplessness. Some of these are in the form of a pill or a tablet which consists of a combination of herbs. Herbal teas are another popular choice for people who suffer from sleep problems. You simply brew a pot of the fragrant tea and sip it shortly before bed. The soothing effects of the tea lull you to sleep without the chemicals associated with traditional sleep medication. There are a variety of these types of teas available and the taste is very welcome and pleasant.

An old stand-by that many people turn to when they suffer from the occasional bout of Sleeplessness is to warm a glass of milk. There is a chemical that is released in milk once it is heated. This chemical is called tryptophan and it works to relax the body and help you to drift off to sleep.

Besides being a natural remedy for Sleeplessness, milk also has the added benefit of being a significant source of calcium.

Suffering from Sleeplessness can change a person's life in many ways. Without the foundation of a steady and regular pattern of sleep, they aren't able to function to the best of their ability. By researching natural remedies for Sleeplessness, the sleeper will once again find the rest they need and do so in a way that is healthiest for their entire body.

Getting Up Earlier Can Beat Sleeplessness

If you've been in bed all night dealing with Sleeplessness, the last thing in the world you want to do is to get out of bed earlier than you have to. Those last few moments under the comfort of your blankets is a treasure that you don't want to give up. However, giving up a few moments of sleep in the morning could mean a much longer sleep the next night.

Our bodies have internal clocks that we feed off of. They tell us when we are tired and if we listen to them, we'll probably find ourselves in bed at approximately the same time each night.

Sometimes though they may be a bit off and instead of falling quickly to sleep, we feel the clutches of Sleeplessness taking over.

One way to combat this in a natural way is to simply adjust the amount of time that you are sleeping. By getting up earlier, you are forcing your body's internal clock to change and if you are suffering from Sleeplessness, this can be a natural cure that works.

Each minute that we sleep plays a role in how rested we feel. If we lose an hour of sleep, we might have a difficult day, feeling sluggish and tired and counting the hours until we can get home and back to bed. Quite often we do get to bed a bit earlier and instead of falling into a deep sleep as we anticipated we would, we instead toss and turn unable to get any rest.

The morning comes and we feel exhausted, spending every last second we can in bed before the alarm sounds the beginning of our day. It's a pattern that can be repeated night after night. It doesn't need to be though.

Instead of turning to sleeping tablets to fight Sleeplessness you can try a much more natural approach.

Varying the amount of sleep you get by getting out of bed earlier can make a significant difference.

Even a scant fifteen minutes each morning can have an effect. It's not easy though to climb out of bed when you are tired, but it's worth a try if you aren't getting the seven or eight hours of sleep that you feel you should be.

What to do with that time in the morning is up to you. You can take a longer shower, work a bit or engage in some exercise. One thing that some people enjoy is preparing breakfast for a partner or a family.

By the end of the day you'll really feel a change in your body from those lost moments of sleep.

When your regular bedtime comes, you'll feel prepared and tired enough that sleep will come much easier. You might even wake less times during the night.

It's important to keep this routine up for several mornings at the very least. Your body will adjust to this new sleep time and before long your Sleeplessness will be a thing of the distant past.

Healthy Eating To Cure Sleeplessness

Not being able to fall asleep is a problem that has plagued almost everyone at some point in their lives. You toss and turn while you watch the clock slowly tick the minutes away. Just as you feel the tug of sleep, you hear the sound of the alarm clock and you have to get up and face your day without any rest.

There are many contributing factors to the problem of Sleeplessness. One of those factors might be what you are eating during the day. Your breakfast, lunch or dinner could be the culprit behind that sleeplessness. Our bodies absorb certain foods and those foods could be working against your desire to sleep.

Changing our diets is one of the healthiest ways to fix a sleeping problem. Choosing foods that enhance the body's ability to relax and fall asleep is the most natural cure you can find.
There are foods that naturally work with the body's chemistry to promote sleep. If you find
yourself struggling to get a full night's rest it might be worth considering adjusting your diet to
incorporate some of the foods listed below.

 Fruits - one fruit that seems to have a stronger effect on treating sleeplessness is lemons.

 Breads - any type of bread including muffins and bagels seem to be effective, but whole grain breads are preferable over other types.

 Milk - a glass of warm milk has been said to help a person fall asleep and that is true, there is a chemical found in milk that actually promotes sleep.

Everyone's body chemistry is different. Therefore each individual person has to do their own
research into what foods work for them. If having a bowl of strawberries before bed makes you sleepy, than you need to consider that strawberries might be a trigger for you. If however, you have an apple and two hours later you are tossing and turning in bed, the natural sugar in the apple might be the reason you are suffering from Sleeplessness.

A good way to keep track of what foods you are eating and how they impact your sleep pattern is to keep a journal. The premise is simple - you just write down each thing that you eat during the day and the time that you ate it. Then each night you mark down what time you go to bed and after waking jot down a quick note or two on how you slept and how long you slept.

Before long you will probably notice a pattern developing - your body will react to certain foods and after consuming them, you may experience Sleeplessness. At the same time you will see clear patterns developing that tell you what foods are helping you to sleep better.

With this knowledge you'll be able to carefully plan your meals and snacks while taking into consideration what foods you need to avoid and which you should include in your diet so that you get a full and restful night's sleep.


Your Television Viewing Might Keep You Awake

Watching an exciting movie in the evening is a favourite way for many people to relax after a long day of work. They look forward to getting home, having dinner and then sitting down to be entertained. After hours of watching television, they decide to turn in for the night and instead of falling fast asleep, they spend the next several hours rolling around in their bed, suffering from sleeplessness.

When we watch something exciting or thrilling on television, our adrenaline gets pumped up and it becomes difficult to calm ourselves down to a point where sleep comes easy. Our minds also become engaged and trying to quiet that down can be a problem, especially if what we were watching was troubling or upsetting. If our emotions are running high and the end of the day is near, we might either lose sleep because it takes longer to fall asleep or we suffer from sleeplessness and wake up the next morning having had little or no sleep.

We don't always associate our Sleeplessness with what we've done in the evening. Instead we attribute it to work problems or other worries. That is true at times but it might be that our minds wander to other things as we lay in bed unable to sleep because we've been so stimulated by our viewing choices. Television has a direct impact on a person's emotions and if you've spent the last two hours before bed watching a horror movie, your heart has raced enough that simply falling fast asleep is no longer an option.

If you feel as though you might be losing sleep because of what you are watching in the evening, finding another activity might be the key you need to a full eight hours of straight sleep.

 Some suggested alternatives are:

Reading a book or a magazine. Choose something that you find genuinely interesting to read, this will help you relax and will aid in sleep.

 Play a board or card game with your family. Spending time with those you are closest to is a perfect way to wind down your day.

 Take a warm bath. Immersing your body in a tub full of warm water helps to relax your muscles and soothes the body helping with sleep.

 Take a walk. Getting outside and exercising can tire you out enough that you'll drift quickly off to sleep.

Mental stimulation is important when it comes to driving, studying and learning. There are
moments in our days when we have to be completely alert and awake. One time we don't want that to happen is in the evening as we get into bed. Your evening activities can be a precursor for whether or not you'll suffer from sleeplessness.

Choose to spend your time before bed doing something relaxing that allows you to calm down and prepare your body for a full night's rest. Exciting activities are better left to earlier in the day when you want and need to be wide awake.


Music To Your Sleeping Ears

Trying to fall asleep when the tap is dripping or the wind is whipping outside can be an effort in futility. Regardless of how hard you try, you just cannot get past the noise and fall asleep. A few minutes turns into an hour and it's not just sleeplessness bothering you but you're becoming angry realizing that the loss of sleep you are feeling tonight will have an impact on how you feel tomorrow.

One of the most natural remedies for Sleeplessness caused by noise is actually more noise. That might seem difficult to believe, but it's important to understand that the noise that you might need to sleep is specially prepared just for that purpose.

Studies have shown that certain sounds enhance the desire to sleep in people. The sounds might differ from person to person but in general they fall into several different categories.
These sounds are then transferred onto a recording device and a consumer who is suffering from Sleeplessness can purchase it. They are often referred to as sound machines or even noise machines.

The premise is that if a person hears particular sounds that are soothing to the body, it will help them drift off to sleep. Common sounds that are available are sounds of nature which many include birds chirping or water running. Another category of sounds that helps many people beat their Sleeplessness are certain types of music. The music is designed to be relaxing and it's often repetitive, so the sleeper falls into a deep state of relaxation which ultimately leads to sleep.

For someone who has trouble sleeping, a sound machine can be the ideal solution. It's natural and it has no side-effects at all. The person using it will become accustomed to the sounds and they will eventually act as a trigger to help them fall asleep.

Purchasing a sound machine isn't a difficult process. If you are comfortable shopping over the internet, you need just type in the words "sound machine for Sleeplessness" in a search engine and you'll find yourself perusing a wide and varied selection. There are also many retail outlets that now offer the machines.

If investing in a complete sound machine isn't within your budget, you can still reap the benefits of the sounds of sleep without having to pay as much. Many companies have developed CD's  that you can purchase that help treat Sleeplessness through music or recorded sounds. These offer many of the same sounds as a sound or noise machine and with these types of CD's you can use a standard CD player.

This is also another way of experimenting with sounds and it also offers the convenience of being any to take your sleeping aid with you if you travel. Sleeplessness can occur whether you are at home, away on a business trip or enjoying a vacation. Always having the sounds that you sleep by with you will enable you to fight that Sleeplessness night after night.

Fresh Air Can Beat Sleeplessness

If you live in a climate where you are subjected to the four seasons in all of their glory, you might find that you suffer from Sleeplessness at certain times of the year. Quite often people find it more difficult to fall asleep during the late fall and winter months. For some, they attribute that to the shortened daylight hours or perhaps a small case of depression as the temperature plummet and time spent outside is rare.

The cause of their sleeplessness might be the change in weather but the solution might be as easy as opening a window. Fresh air seems to help many people fall asleep. Usually during the warmer months we tend to open the windows of our home. Having a gentle
flow of fresh air into the room feels relaxing while we sleep and if the weather is pleasant it
almost goes without thinking that we keep the windows open, even if just a bit.

In the colder months that becomes a bit more challenging. As we glance out the window to see a frosty scene before us, we don't even contemplate the idea of opening a window when we go to bed. Then we find ourselves tossing and turning as the night quickly becomes morning, and we have to start our day without any rest and feeling the effects of that.

When our home is closed up for winter, it becomes a world all of its own. The air doesn't circulate well and the air quickly becomes stale. As we lay in bed trying to sleep, it is that air that hasn't been circulated and is essentially used that we are forced to breathe in. For some people that is enough to keep them from sleeping.

There are several ways you can get the air moving again even when the temperature is cold outside. A few suggestions that you might try are:

 An air purifier. You can purchase these at many online retail outlets as well as at many
hardware stores. Many are portable and these allow you to use the purifier in your bedroom at night and then take it with you to another room during the day.

 A ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are designed with a dual purpose in mind. They help cool a room during the warmer months and then help with the circulation of air during the colder
months. Although they do come with detailed installation instructions, you might be wise to hire and electrician to handle the job.

 Your furnace. Most newer model furnaces are designed to keep the air in a home in constant circulation. They also keep the air clean and for a climate where the temperature dips very low, having an efficient furnace is very important.

If you do happen to live in a climate where the temperature doesn't dip too low, you may be able to keep your window open a bit the entire year. Keeping that constant flow of fresh and new air entering the room will help lessen your chances of developing Sleeplessness, because your body won't be breathing in the same stale air night after night.

Exercises That Fight Sleeplessness

If you've ever spent an entire day outside running around, chasing your children or taking a hike, you probably found it easy to fall asleep. Sleeplessness wasn't nagging at you after you'd exhausted your body through physical activity.

For some people though that rule doesn't apply to them. Intense physical activity while working the muscles and getting the heartbeat up, can work as a stimulant and instead of drifting easily to sleep, a person can find themselves wide awake fighting Sleeplessness.

Keeping our bodies active is important. Not just for the obvious physical benefits but also because regular exercise can be a natural cure for Sleeplessness. It's important to choose exercises that will work towards the goal of sleep as opposed to the exercises that energize you to a point that sleep becomes almost impossible.

Yoga is a method of exercise that people have been doing for centuries. It involves a series of stretches and breathing exercises that work to tone the body from the inside out. Most cities offer several choices in yoga programs. Often many yoga studios even offer a free drop-in class. This helps you become familiar with the program and the series of stretches that are involved. If it's something that you enjoy you can quickly incorporate it into your fitness regime and before long you'll feel the positive benefits in relation to your sleep patterns as well.

Walking is a great exercise to combat Sleeplessness as well. With walking though timing is very important. You don't want to go for a long and strenuous walk shortly before you are retiring for the evening. During the walk your heartbeat will have become elevated and many of your muscles will be tight. If you go from moving at a steady pace to trying to lay silently in the bed, chances are that sleep will elude you for at least a couple of hours. Your body truly does need a cooling off period, so the benefits of walking in relation to Sleeplessness can be most profound if the walking is done earlier in the day.

Another exercise that has a positive result when it comes to sleeplessness is swimming. Swimming at a steady pace up and down the length of the pool allows your muscles to be worked out gently and the water offers a soothing quality that many other exercise regimes don't. Also, if you are swimming at a public facility, they also often offer free use of a sauna or a hot tub. Both of these allow your body to relax and can help prepare you for sleep.

Exercise can be a great way to naturally fight Sleeplessness, however the success of that depends a great deal on the type of exercise. Pick something not too strenuous that is soothing and allows you to easily shift from the activity to preparing for bed. If you make exercise a regular part of your evening routine, you'll find yourself waking up to a night free of sleeplessness.

Staying In Bed Can Cause Sleeplessness

It would seem ridiculous to suggest that the reason you can't fall asleep is because you are in bed. As preposterous as this sounds, it can actually be the case. When a person is suffering from sleeplessness, and they continue to stay in bed, the problem can actually worsen.

It's happened to most people at least once in their lives. They feel tired in the evening, so they decide to go to bed. Once there they find that sleep is hard to find. Minutes turn into hours and then before they realize it they have been in bed for three or four hours without even a moment of sleep.

Sleeplessness is a common problem and although there are many medical ways to treat it, the answer might be found in getting out of bed.

Sleep is of course fundamental to a human being's existence and if we feel that we aren't getting enough it can create a great deal of stress and unhappiness. To counteract that we sometimes go to bed before we feel tired. The idea being that once we are in bed, in the peaceful darkness, our body will natural take the hint and drift off. This is especially true if we have to wake up early or we have something stressful to tackle the next day, such as beginning a new job or starting school.

The problem with that logic is that if you are not tired, being in bed is not going to change that fact. You cannot magically drift off to dreamland if your body is not ready yet. Instead you will become frustrated and even more determined to sleep. Sleeplessness sets in and your good intentions of getting a full eight hours of sleep turns into just an hour or two.
If you are in bed and you cannot fall asleep after thirty minutes you should get back up. It may be discouraging to realize that you are back where you started, out of bed and no closer to falling asleep, but getting out of bed can put a stop to the sleeplessness.

If you do get up there are a few things you can do that will help put you in the mind frame that you need to be to sleep. These include:

 Watch television. It's important to pick a program that is not stimulating such as the news or an action movie. You don't want to be stimulated.

 Listen to soft music. For some people music is very relaxing and if you sit in a darkened room with the music gently playing it can help your mind prepare for sleep.

 Read. Again choice is important. You shouldn't choose something that you'll become too engaged in. You want to be able to close the book or magazine once you're tired.

Getting out of bed when you can't sleep doesn't mean that Sleeplessness has already taken hold of you. It does mean that your mind isn't quite ready to shut itself off for the day. Instead get up, do something relaxing, and before you know it, you'll fall right to sleep.

Beat Sleeplessness By Cutting Out Naps

When we are infants are bodies need a great deal of sleep so that we can grow and flourish. It's not uncommon for a newborn baby to sleep almost the entire day and evening away. They have nap after nap and as they sleep, their bodies are changing and maturing.
As we grow older we need less sleep. Toddlers are a good example of this. Once a child
reaches a certain age, for many around three or four years of age, their bodies aren't craving
the afternoon naps. Instead they go to bed early and sleep ten or twelve hours to awaken ready to take on their day.

For most adults the amount of sleep we need is on average seven or eight hours a night.
However, for many individuals who suffer from sleeplessness, they never get more than four or five hours of sleep each night, some even less.

To counteract this, adults will often take naps during the day. Reminiscent of their childhood days when the naps were a way to reenergize, an adult sees a short twenty or thirty minute
snooze in the middle of their day as beneficial. However that short and sweet nap could be the cause of their sleeplessness.

Sleep fuels our bodies. When we go to bed at night, our body uses that time to rest and
revitalize. If we are fortunate, we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Our body prepared for the next twelve or sixteen hours until it's time for its nightly hibernation. When we decide in the middle of that pattern to catch a bit more sleep, it throws the entire process off.

Our body takes that nap to be rest time and even though it's only twenty or thirty minutes, our body feels full of energy again. That energy will last well beyond the rest of your day. Once you look at the clock and realize that it's bedtime, your body is still feeding off that earlier nap and the result will be sleeplessness.

Instead of using that time in the middle of the day to nap you might consider other activities. You can even choose activities that will ultimately help with your goal of getting a complete and restful night's sleep. Some ideas of alternative activities are:

 Take a walk. If you generally nap shortly after lunch, use that time to take a walk outside. Regular exercise is good for beating Sleeplessness and it also helps aid in digestion after eating.

 Make a phone call. How many of us have had people we care about complain that they don't hear from us enough? Instead of napping use that time to reconnect with someone. Talking to those we care about is a great relaxation tool as well.

 Take up a hobby. Although twenty or thirty minutes a day doesn't seem like enough for a hobby, it can be. If you like needlepoint, a few minutes doing that can be very relaxing.

If you enjoy golf, buy an indoor putting green and practice your swing.

Although naps are great as a mid day pick-me-up, they aren't beneficial to your overall sleep pattern. Cut out the nap if you want to say goodbye to your Sleeplessness.

Is Procrastination Keeping You Awake?

Going to bed while you have countless things pulling at the corners of your mind can only mean one thing - Sleeplessness. In order to sleep our minds have to relax to a point where our body naturally falls asleep. If you're busy thinking about all of the things that you didn't accomplish the day before, you won't be able to fall asleep. Worry is a powerful emotion, so powerful in fact that it can lead to a lifelong problem with sleeplessness.

There is a natural cure for Sleeplessness that is caused by procrastination. It's as simple as taking care of things during the day.

Even though we know this to be the case, for those people who do put off doing things they
often need a push in the right direction. The idea that things can be taken of tomorrow is always there, and when tomorrow comes and those things aren't dealt with, anxiety takes hold.

The time at the end of the day is often for reflection. Reflecting on what we have accomplished, what we need to do tomorrow and sometimes what we know we didn't do today and won't do tomorrow takes hold of our minds. Naturally people worry about life and all its complications, but if there is a way for someone who has a sleep problem to address those complications and deal with them. If they do this than a good night's sleep is probably close at hand.

The most natural way to deal with Sleeplessness caused by procrastination is to take back control of your life. Start each day with a mission to tackle one thing that you have been putting off doing.

If it's a job that you need to get done but it feels overwhelming, ask for help. If it's a bill that you cannot pay, call the company and discuss your situation. Making an effort to address these issues will help you to feel as though you are in control of the situation and once you do this, you'll have much less to worry about each night.

If you have several things that you've been neglecting to deal with, make a list. List the task and then possible ways you can manage that task. If you do this you are making a concerted effort to change that particular situation. Now when you are in bed each night and you do think of that task, you'll find reassurance in knowing that you are working towards resolving it. Your mind won't be stuck on worrying about how it will never get done or solved.

Procrastination can lead to serious problems in many areas of your life, including in your sleep patterns. If you find that you are worrying over all the things you haven't done as you lay in bed each night, it's time to take control and change things. Sleeplessness often makes these situations worse because it steals the energy you need each day to deal with all of life's issues. Don't get caught in this difficult cycle. Make positive changes in your life so you no longer have to worry about sleeplessness.

What Is Sleep Deprivation?

Sleep deprivation is something that millions of people deal with on a daily basis. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body simply can not do the things that you need it to do.

Unfortunately, with all that you have to do in a day, you may find yourself letting sleep become the one thing that you simply forgo. This can cost you quite a bit, though. In fact, if you are deprived of sleep enough; your quality of work can slip so much so that you would be accomplishing less than when you do get enough sleep.

Some surveys say that upwards of 47 million Americans alone face problems with sleep that can be considered sleep deprivation. This is nearly one quarter of all American adults. The numbers are stagger and the risks that are in place to those that are sleep deprived are even worse than the way that you feel. The most commonly effects of sleep deprivation include these:

• Memory problems. You can remember what you need to do, how to do it or the details to various things you need to accomplish.

• Energy levels fall considerably. When this happens, your body simply can not keep up with your demand. Unfortunately, you don’t have the ability to do the things that you were doing when you did get enough sleep. You may feel less strong, incapable of focusing on the task at hand or just unable to perform the desired action.

• Mental alertness is one of the largest risk factors to those that suffer from sleep
deprivation. Those that don’t get enough sleep often find themselves unable to focus which
can lead them to drastic safety concerns. You simply can not keep up not just physically but
mentally as well. This puts you at risk.

• Emotionally, you can be not there. Or, you could be one of the many that experiences
extreme mood swings for no obvious reason. You may become hyper sensitive or completely insensitive.

Any and all of these affects of sleep deprivation equal a risk that you simply can not handle. If you find yourself unable to do your job or you can’t accomplish all that you need to, it could be that you are suffering from sleep deprivation. With help, you can overcome this, though.




Determining If You Suffer From Sleep Deprivation

Although there are millions of people that are suffering from sleep deprivation, the fact is that most of them don’t seek the help they need to in order to protect themselves from the problems that lie beyond not getting enough rest. Sleep deprivation is something to take seriously and to get help from. How do you know if what is happening to you is something to be worried about?

There are actually many things that you can do.

Tips For Determining Where You Stand

• Keep a daily record of the amount of time that you sleep. Write down the time that you went to bed, the last time you looked at the clock and when you woke up. Write down any times that you woke up during the middle of the night, too. You should also write down any times that you laid down and took a nap too. This record keeping will help to determine what your sleep pattern is.

• Determine also the quality of the rest that you get. If you find that you sleep but didn’t
feel like you were getting enough rest, then this could be a potential problem for you.

• Write down what you did before you slept. You should include any foods that you consumed and when you ate them during the day, especially those that you ate the last few hours before you went to bed.

• Note any daytime activities that keep you up. For example, if you ran a marathon that day, you’ll need to note that as well as the effect that it had on you during your nighttime rest.

You should keep track of any physical activity that could play a role in your outcome.

• Also, track a few more changes. For example, include how much caffeine you drank, and when. Determine what amount of alcohol you drank. You should write down if there are any emotional considerations that could have played a role in your sleeping problems.

All of these things can contribute to the problems of sleep deprivation. If you find yourself recording this information and finding a pattern with it, then you can try to make changes that will ultimately improve your condition. But, if not, seek out the help of your doctor who can help you to improve your condition ultimately. This record will be a good tool to get started with for solving your sleep deprivation problem.

Spotting Sleep Deprivation: The Symptoms

If you have any of the symptoms of sleep deprivation, you do need to keep an eye out and improve your condition as soon as possible. You also need to seek medical attention especially if your condition continues to worsen. The fact is that sleep deprivation should be something that you get help from. Even more so, it should be a major concern that you have.

If you don’t seek help for it, you could be putting yourself as well as your family in danger.
The first thing that you need to do is to understand that sleep deprivation is something that you can change and something that you can improve. You also need to understand what the
symptoms of sleep deprivation are so that you can improve them.

• Exhaustion is the largest symptom. You just don’t have any ability to complete the things that you need to do. Your body may even ache and just not respond as well as it should.

Indeed, your physical exhaustion can put you in harms way, especially when you are doing
something that is important to do right, like driving.

• Fatigue is another common symptom. Fatigue is when the mind and the body is completely incapable of providing the attention that is needed to complete the task at hand.

Fatigue can also cause a number of problems for you.

• A lack of physical energy can also be a symptom. If you can’t do the things that you usually do, this too is a sign that sleep deprivation could be to blame.

When you suffer from exhaustion as well or just fatigue, your emotional state of mind is very much affected. That means that you could be experience feelings of sadness, anger, stress and mood swings without really having a reason to do so.

This happens for a number of reasons, but mainly because of the brains reliance on sleep to function correctly. When you don’t get enough sleep, your rains frontal cortex is unable to control various aspects of your function such as your memory and speech. When it needs to solve a problem for you, it can’t do so. Even more so, the risks that you put yourself in when you are suffering from sleep deprivation can be life threatening in themselves.

Sleep Deprivation: What Happens To Your Body?

Sleep deprivation effects millions of adults each day, with ever increasing numbers. If you haven’t considered all of the different things that can happen to you when you are sleep deprived, consider it. Your body’s function is severely limited. Your mind can not concentrate.

Your body doesn’t feel right. You don’t remember why you walked into a room. Your muscles physically hurt even though you don’t think that you’ve done anything to cause them to be like this.

Sleep deprivation is a very much a concern for your health. When your body does not get the right amount of sleep, it can not do all that you need and want it to do effectively. When this happens over a period of time, the risks are increased considerably. Consider what happens to the body, for example, in a person that is suffering from sleep deprivation.

• The brain doesn’t get enough rest. This in turn affects the frontal cortex. The frontal cortex can’t do its job.

• Without it functioning properly, the frontal cortex can not aid you in speaking clearly, in accessing your memory, and in solving the problems that you present it with.

• On the physical side, there is a problem with energy. The body does not provide enough energy to the body to perform tasks.

• Without the sleep it needs, the body physically becomes that of an elderly person. Movement is limited and weakened.

• Early signs of disease including diabetes begin to surface. That’s become the body can not metabolize glucose correctly.

What is important for you to realize is that when a person rests even when some or all of these symptoms and effects are evident, the end result is that they can go away. When this goes on over a long period of time, though, the body continues to weaken and often is put at risk both in health terms as well as in terms of physical danger.

Those that face sleep deprivation shouldn’t just write it off as being something that just requires rest. You shouldn’t say that one day you’ll rest. The longer it goes on, the worse the effect on the body can be. Driving, using machines, or just working in a physical environment can pose as life threatening. Sleep deprivation affects your body and your brain significantly.

Understanding The Cause Of Sleep Deprivation

Believe it or not, there are many things that can cause sleep deprivation. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, which is any type of non-sleeping where you do not wake up feeling rested, you are physically putting yourself in danger. In addition, you are risking your health.

But, in order to solve your physical problem, you also need to understand exactly what is causing it to happen. For many people, this is a frightening situation and one that requires a real look at their lifestyle and of their health.

Causes To Consider

What is causing sleep deprivation for you? Here are a few situations that can actually cause this condition to happen.

• Emotional stress and excitement: If you are under stress and simply can’t turn your mind off, you can’t sleep. Even being overly excited can cause it to happen. If your sleep pattern is messed up, then you could begin to suffer from this condition.

• Some medical conditions and medications for conditions can also cause sleep deprivation. If you are one that faces illness and a new medication you are taking is causing you to be unable to sleep, talk to your doctor about the causes.

• Food additives and caffeine are another cause of sleep deprivation. If you eat foods that are high in caffeine, a natural stimulant, then you too can fall victim to this situation.

While these are the most common reasons that you may be suffering from sleep deprivation, there are some sleep disorders which can also cause this to happen. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you too may be facing a real health risk.

Sleeplessness, nightmares, and excessive snoring can be additional reasons for you to suffer from sleep deprivation. You may have problems not being able to breathe correctly when you are sleeping. This could be sleep apnea, a very serious condition that causes you to wake up just enough to clear your throat so that you can breathe. You may not remember it, but you feel tired. If you take too many sleeping tablets, this too can interact with your condition.

While suffering from sleep deprivation is something that you can improve and overcome with
treatment, it is also something that can cause health risks down the road as well.


Sleep Deprivation: Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation is something that effects about a quarter of all adults. The numbers continue to grow, too. The fact is that individuals are continuously finding themselves struggling to get everything they need to do done in order to have time to sleep. As strange as it may sound, the amount of sleep you get now is probably half of what others got only a hundred years ago. Sleep deprivation is a serious condition, though, and one that leads many to early disease and even risks injury.

So, How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Each person has a different physical and mental need for sleep. Many people actually get
enough sleep by only get a fraction of sleep a night but feel good. In fact, there are very few
people that can get by on just three to four hours of sleep a night. Most people, though, need at least eight to nine hours of sleep every night to feel rested and ready for the day. Consider
these additional numbers.

• Children that are under the age of two need at least thirteen to seventeen hours worth of sleep per night. During this very rapid growing stage, it’s a must!

• Those that are toddlers over the age of two need at least nine to thirteen hours of sleep per
night. You need this much until you are about nine to ten years old.

• At the age of ten, you can get by on ten to eleven hours of sleep. Teens also need this
amount of sleep through puberty and their final growth spurts.

• At the age of sixteen, and on up, it is recommended that you get between six and nine hours of sleep per night.

• Those that are over the age of sixty five actually only need to get between six and eight
hours of sleep.

Where you do you fall on this scale? Are you sleep deprived?

Does Your Lifestyle Lead To Sleep Deprivation?

For many Americans or others in western worlds, sleep deprivation is a way of life. There is just too much to do. You have to get up early to get to work to finish what you didn’t finish
yesterday. You have to deal with the extra hour of work you need to put in after you should be gone. That means that you have to run the kids to practice as soon as you walk in the door, come home, make dinner, do homework, clean up and then pay bills before the night is through. It’s no easy task, but what else can you do?

The lifestyle that many people live is so rushed and hurried that there is no doubt that there is no time for sleep. Many people find themselves struggling to get the things they need to done and when they do make it to bed are worrying about the various other things that there are to do. When it comes to intimacy, there’s little time for that too. The end result is sleep deprivation and that can lead to all types of problems for you both physical, mentally and emotionally.

The lifestyle choices that you make greatly affect the way that your body gets enough rest. If you are fatigued or you are sleepless no matter what you do, these symptoms are part of the process of being sleep deprived because of your lifestyle choices. There could be a number of things that you do that are encouraging these things from happening to you.

• If you are sleep deprived it may be that you are consuming too much caffeine. Caffeine is a
stimulant that keeps you awake at night, even when it’s drank several hours before bed.

• You may work a shift in which your hours generally change from one day to the next. In
these individuals, sleep deprivation is almost a way of life.

• You may be too busy with other facets of life to get enough sleep.

No matter why you are sleep deprived, your lifestyle is probably partially to blame for it. That means that unless you make changes in your lifestyle, it is likely to continue well into the future.

Consider what things that you do during your life that could be affecting your sleep patterns.

Sometimes Medications Are To Blame For Sleep Deprivation

If you are taking medications for your conditions, you may have some sleep deprivation because of those medications. Even if you are taking some over the counter medications, these can cause you to not be able to sleep well at night. Sleep deprivation that is caused by medications is an important consideration for those that are suffering from illness. Most of the time, there is a solution to these medication problems, though. The fact is that you need to consider what is happening with your body by talking to the doctor about the side effects of the medications that you may be taking.

What Medications?

There are a handful of medications that cause Sleeplessness like results, which could be leading you to sleep deprivation. For example, antidepressants, decongestants, bronchodilators, blood pressure medications, thyroid medications, diuretics, and antihistamines all can keep you awake at night. Remember, there are many different types of medications that fall under these categories, though.

For example, if you take antidepressants to combat other conditions, you may face problems sleeping. This can include medications like lithium, MAOI medications, and SSRI medications.

Those that take theophylline for their asthma treatment can have problems with sleeping as well.

Over the counter medications also can contribute to sleeplessness. For example, if you purchase decongestants to help you to get rid of that cough and cold, over the counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine are going to cause you to stay awake.

Sometimes, if you take too many sleeping tablets you can find yourself struggling to get sleep even though you are taking a medication that should encourage it. The problem with sleeping tablets is simple. They contain medications that help to treat Sleeplessness. But, like most other types of medication, your body will develop a resistance or tolerance to these medications. Once this happens, you can no longer find benefits from these medications and they may actually have an opposite effect on you!

If you find yourself struggling with a new medication either because you can not sleep when you are taking it or because you just can’t tolerate any of the other side effects that it has, talk to your doctor. Chances are good that there is a medication that can be given to you without such a drastic problem such as sleep deprivation.

Sleep Deprivation Caused From Medical Problems

Sleep deprivation is commonly caused by those conditions that are keeping you from getting to sleep. Usually, there are reasons why you aren’t getting to sleep such as just doing too much during the day or being overly stressed. But, sometimes, there can be a medical condition that causes you to lose the ability to get enough sleep to provide you with the restfulness the at you need in order to function well during your awake hours. Sleep deprivation that is caused medically can actually come in a number of forms.

For example, if you have any type of chronic pain condition that does not allow you to sleep well during the night because you are in pain, this can lead to sleep deprivation. Chronic pain is any type of pain that lingers or lasts. This type of pain can come from a sore back or problems with your legs. It can be a discomfort that you face because of the way you have treated yourself physically.

In addition to this type of condition that causes sleep deprivation, there are others that can cause it that are more pronounced. Physical and mental conditions can lead to sleep deprivation. Here are a few of the ones that you may be experiencing.

• Asthma causes it. Those that suffer from asthma during the night time hours are usually going to be deprived of sleep over the long term. In some cases, the medication that is provided to you to treat your condition can also contribute to the inability to sleep well at night.

• ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is another condition that may contribute to the inability to sleep well. Many have snoring and sleeping disorders that have this condition that leave them facing countless problems sleeping.

• Depression can also be a cause of sleep deprivation. Not only can this happen, but chronic
Sleeplessness can cause a depression and anxiety disorder in many patients. Those that suffer from bipolar disorder also have problems sleeping well.

There are other medical conditions that could be causing you to struggle with sleeping well at night. If you do have these problems then it’s important to talk to your doctor about them. The fact is that sleep deprivation itself can be putting your life on the line, too.

Sleep Deprivation: More Than Not Getting A Good Night's
Rest

Sleep deprivation is a term that is used to describe the inability to sleep well or get enough sleep so that the body can perform as it should. There are many conditions in which individuals struggle to maintain a regular sleep pattern. Yet, the fact is that sleep deprivation is something that you could potentially be able to overcome with just the ability to sleep well for a few nights.

Yet, sometimes there are other sleep disorders that can be evident underneath your sleep deprivation. Sometimes, sleep deprivation is not nearly all there is to worry about. Your doctor will first determine if there are other types of conditions that could be causing your
inability to sleep well. If they do find out that there is something else, it will be treated. But, if
not, your doctor will look at the mental, physical and emotional side of the equation to determine if there could be another sleep disorder causing your inability to sleep well.

Here are a few examples of conditions that are sleep disorders that can be behind the type of sleep deprivation that you are suffering from.

• Sleeplessness: Sleeplessness is not technically a sleep disorder but it is often thought of as one. Sleeplessness is a problem where an individual has problems falling to sleep or staying asleep for a long enough period of time. This condition is usually caused by stress, lifestyle choices, medications or other outside factors.

• Sleep apnea: Here is a condition in which your throat constricts while you sleep temporarily stopping air from getting through to your body. Usually those that will suffer from this condition like to have many pillows. Your body actually triggers your mind to wake up just enough to move to open that passage. You don’t remember waking up but you feel like you didn’t sleep a wink. Many people that are overweight struggle with this condition.

There are other types of conditions that can lead you to a sleep disorder. For example, those that have sudden sleep attacks or suffer from narcolepsy will suffer from it. If you suffer from parasomnia symptoms such as restless leg syndrome, sleep walking, talking while sleeping, and night terrors, you too could be suffering from a sleep disorder. Any of these conditions are important to talk to your doctor about. They go beyond that of sleep deprivation.

Sleep Deprivation: Understanding What You're Going
Through

Sleep deprivation is a condition in which an individual does not get enough sleep over the
course of time. While you may be tired today because you didn’t sleep well last night, when this happens over and over again, you are putting yourself and your body at great risk. When this happens, the end result is the fact that sleep deprivation points you in the direction of health concerns of all types.

Sometimes the best thing that you can do is realize that you may have a problem and get the medical help that you need to make it go away. To do that, you should realize what you need to do in order to realize that you need medical help. You should call on your doctor if and when these things happen.

• If you have any reason to believe that you are not sleeping well due to breathing concerns.

• If you snore so loudly that your partner is effected by it

• If you suffer from sleepless nights more than three times per week, or you feel like you don’t get enough sleep for that long. If over the course of a month it seems like you haven’t sleep well for most of those nights, call a doctor.

• If you have symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath, call your doctor right away.

• If you are struggling to do the things that you need to do during the day, call your doctor.

Anyone that suffers from sleep deprivation is a person that needs to seek medical attention. If you are tired more than you aren’t then sleep deprivation could be playing a role in other problems in your life, too. Getting the help you need can help to improve your life in many ways over time.
Sleep Deprivation And Driving

One of the largest risks that you take each day is driving when you are suffering from sleep
depravation. Those that are suffering from this condition just write it off as being just tired or
they just need to get home to get some sleep. The problem with this is that you put yourself and many other drivers at risk when you do so. In fact, according to federal records, some one hundred thousand car accidents happen each and every year that are contributed to a lack of being able to stay awake or driver fatigue. In that, you can count some 1550 people that end up dead and another 70,000 that are injured do to accidents.

If you are a young adult, you are one of the most likely individuals to be facing sleep deprivation that would lead to a driving accident. Those that have small children or those that work shift hours are also likely to experience an increase in the number of potential accidents they will be in because they are sleep deprived.

In fact, there have been many studies done to show just how significant sleep depravation and driving can be. One of them has shown researchers that driving when you are deprived of sleep can be just as bad for you as driving while you are intoxicated. In fact, if you haven’t sleep in 17 to 19 hours, you are more at danger than those that are driving at a blood alcohol level of .05 or higher. That’s higher than the legal limit in many areas!

The facts are plain and clear. If you are sleep deprived and you make the decision to get into a vehicle, you are putting yourself and those that are driving on the road with you in serious risk.

That’s not what you want to do.

Complications Of Sleep Deprivation

Although sleep deprivation in itself can be one of the worst situations to be in, especially when you are going to be driving a vehicle or operating machinery, the fact is that when this happens over a period of time, it gets even worse. There are many types of conditions that can cause you to be put at risk for health concerns because you are deprived of the fundamental need for sleep.

For example, if you have been suffering from sleep depravation over a period of time, you could find yourself suffering from a number of health concerns. You may suffer from illness like weight gain, joint and muscle problems, depression and anxiety, problems with skin tone, slowed speech, impairment of the body, and much more. These things happen because of the lack of fitness as well as the lack of function that the body gets when you don’t get enough rest.

Think about your body like this. When you get the right amount of sleep; the things that your body is supposed to do get done, get done the way that it needs to. But, when you don’t get
enough sleep, everything starts to slow down. You can’t accomplish nearly what you need to.

Some people push themselves farther and farther, putting them at even worse situations. This too can lead to physical, mental and emotional problems. Those that suffer from conditions like migraines, diabetes, acid reflux, obesity and even hypertension are likely to have problems with sleeping. Sleep deprivation doesn’t make this any better, either.

The risks that you put yourself in when you are suffering from sleep deprivation are constant. At any time your condition can turn into a life threatening state. If you want to improve your health and improve your chances of overcoming the problems you are facing, simply improve your lifestyle to include health amounts of sleep.

The Risks Of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation puts you and many others at risk. If you haven’t thought about the fact that when you don’t sleep others can suffer you should. There are many cases in which individuals die each year because they’ve gotten behind a wheel of a car when they were simply too tired to actually drive well. There are other things that are affected in your body when you don’t get the rest that you should as well. Each offers its own risks and without considering them, you could put yourself in even more danger.

Consider these risks that you face being sleep deprived.

• Your mental awareness is not there. You simply can not function correctly because your brain is unable to focus on what needs to be completed. That means that your concentration is off, your memory is not working well and you are more likely to be less effective when you communicate. You can’t make decisions that you need to and you can’t solve problems put in front of you.

• Mood swings are very common in those that are sleep deprived. You may have anxiety and increased stress levels because of this lack of sleep, too. But, the problem here is two fold. If you are stressed because you can’t sleep, you won’t be able to sleep. A cycle can form here that could cause additional problems over the long run.

• Your immune system is weakened. If you are suffering from sleep depravation, then it is
likely that your immune system won’t be working well. You become more likely to suffer from
illnesses and to have more serious illnesses as well.

Sleep depravation can cause a number of problems for you over the course of the time that you are suffering. Without help, additional health problems can happen!

What You Can Do To Overcome Sleep Deprivation

If you know you are suffering from sleep depravation, then you know that you need sleep. But, getting to sleep could be one of the largest problems that you face. The fact is though, that you have to find a way to make it happen. There are several things that you can do, along with advice from your doctor, that can help to ease you into a normal sleep pattern and therefore improve your quality of life and your safety.

Consider trying any of these things to improve your sleep depravation.

• Sleep on a schedule. You’ll want to follow a schedule, whenever possible for sleeping.
When you sleep on a regular schedule, your body learns when to be tired and when its time to be awake.

• Get your exercise. Physical exercise helps to improve sleeping habits. You should get some physical exercise that incorporates movement at least 20 to 30 minutes per day.

• Don’t just lay there. Get up and do something, or read. If you lie in bed worrying about not
being able to sleep, you won’t be able to get to sleep at all!

• Improve your diet. Reduce the amount of caffeine that you take in. Limit nicotine and alcohol as much as possible. Don’t drink or consume any of these things at least a full six hours before you go to bed.

• Don’t eat before bedtime. Eating that ends up with a heavy meal feeling in the pit of your stomach won’t make for a good nights rest. You shouldn’t eat anything for at least two hours before bed.

• Don’t watch television before bed. Television makes you think and keeps your mind working. You don’t want this when you should be trying to wind down. It’s a stimulant you don’t need.

When you follow these tips you can improve sleep depravation especially when you seek out your doctor’s help, too.

Using Natural Sleep Aids

If you are having problems sleeping then you can look at all your options. If you don't want to go with an over the counter product or even go to your doctor you can start with some natural sleep aids. You have a lot of choices with this type of sleep aid. Some may be able to help you better than others. Make sure you read the information for each sleep aid before you decided to use it.

The first one you can try is called Valerian. This seems to ease tension; it calms you down and levels out emotions. Or maybe a tea from valerian, chamomile, and other herbs made into teas can have a calming effect and they will help you sleep.

If these don't work, or you don't like tea, you could try using massage aromatherapy. If you go this route you can ask the massage therapist what kind of oils will work better for sleep.

This might help you relax after a long day or a long week. But if you're having trouble sleeping every night, then this might not be the right thing for you.

If you're still looking for natural ways to help you sleep, try setting up a normal routine. Get up at the same time and go to be at the same time. You could also stretch before you go to bed by moving your arms and legs.

Maybe you could listen to some music or read. This could help keep your mind off of other things. Or stop thinking, let your mind clear itself from everything you've done for the day. This might be hard, but it could work. If this still doesn't work, maybe see if you're drinking a lot of caffeine before bedtime. Cutting caffeine from your diet might be hard, but think about doing so.

If you don't want to go that far, maybe stop yourself from having any caffeine related products a few hours before you go to bed.

We are all different. So something that works for one person might not work for someone else.

These are all ways to try to get back to a normal sleep pattern without taking anything. If these don't work, or aren't what you are looking for then you should think about trying something else.

When To Know You Need Sleep Aids

The first easy answer is, when you can't sleep. You should be sleeping through the night. You might not be sleeping because of other reasons and you should find out if that is the case before you decide to go and buy some sleeping aids. Remember that each person will need something different that will work for them.

First you might not be sleeping because you could have too much stress in your life. Start by trying to have a few hours to yourself before bed. Take the time to do something that can clear your mind of the day.

Try reading a book, or listening to some music. Maybe you aren't doing enough during the day to make yourself tired. Try exercise for an hour before bed. If you do decide on this option, this will help to keep you healthy.

If doing all of this doesn't help then it is time to look into sleeping aids that are medication.

These medications can help you get back to a normal sleep pattern. Talking to your doctor can help you decide what prescription you need. Your doctor might even suggest trying some over the counter sleep aids. These should be used only a few times. Make sure you read the box for these sleep aids and that you use the medication like instructed.

Don't drink alcohol if you are going to take sleeping tablets. Make sure that you know what the risks are before you continue to take these medications. If you don't or if this doesn't bring you back to you're normal sleep pattern then you should again talk to your doctor.

This time your doctor will give you options on what you need to take. There are sleep aids that you can take for a longer period of time. Make sure that you read the instructions for each sleep aid before you take one that you think will work for you.

Your goal is to finally get some much needed sleep. Make sure that you sleep through the night.

If none of these medications work then you should make sure that you talk to your doctor right away. They should be able to find something that will help you. Make sure that you do get help for your sleep disorder.

Do You Need Prescription Sleep Aids?

If you've looked at natural sleep aids and they don't seem to work for you. Or you have tried them and do not like them. Then it might be time to look into prescription sleep aids. There is lot to choose from. You can go to your local doctor’s to ask what you would work for you. You first need to check out any kind of sleep aids that you decide might work for you. Any kind of drug like this might have some side effects.

The most commonly used medications for sleep aids are, benzodiazepines. This medication is used for the stronger sleep aids. This will be used if you can't sleep at all or you have a sleep disorder. This is where you're doctor will come in handy of telling you what would be good for you.

There are non-benzodiazephine sleep aids. This is a newer class of prescription sleep aids.
This newer type of sleep aid will help with normal sleep problems. This is another time you can talk with your doctor. Any doctor will be able to give you information about any type of prescription sleep aids that are on the market.

If you want to do some research on your own, you can find a ton of information on the internet.

You may find what type of sleep aid that might work for you. If you are looking for some names to research; there is Ambien; this will help you stay asleep longer and Lunesta will help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

There are many other ones that you can use and see if they will work for you. Each of these will be given to you by a doctor. So you will have to go to you're local doctor before you can get these prescription sleep aids. Some sleep aids might work better for you than another person.

Don't worry if one doesn't work right away. Give the medication time to work. Also getting into a routine before nighttime will help with the medication you are taking. This will help your body wind down from the day. Make sure that you read the information with each prescription sleep aids carefully and following the directions, this will help even more.

Sleeplessness Symptoms and How To Decide On Sleep Aids

Sleeplessness can be different for each person as will be the sleep aids that you'll need to use to control you're Sleeplessness. Some of the symptoms to look for may be trouble falling asleep or if you are lying in bed for hours and not sleeping. Another symptom may be waking during the night after sleeping for a little time and you aren't able to go back to sleep.

Maybe you're waking up too early in the morning and you don't want to go back to sleep and risk sleeping in. feeling that you aren't refreshed when you wake up. Also another symptom is feeling sleepy or drowsy during the daytime.

It is normal that adults might not need as much as sleep as you once did. But you should still try and get 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Another reason can be contributed to Sleeplessness, like having a life-changing event, from moving to anything else. This is something you should decide that has happened before going to a doctor for medication.

If any life-changing event hasn't happened and you still haven't been sleeping well. You should go see your doctor. If you don't treat you're Sleeplessness you could suffer from serious heath problems, like depression.

Make sure that you get help sooner rather then later. If you don't want to try medication, look
into natural ways to try and fix your Sleeplessness. These could be working on a routine before bedtime, cutting out caffeine before bedtime and much more. After trying these and they still don't work, it will be for the best to go to your doctor and talk to them.

They will be able to give you something that will help. Even if you try something for a few weeks, you might find that something else works better then you think it might. If you go with
medication, make sure that you read all the information in regards to any medication that you will be taking and go from there.

Most of all you should make sure that you look at everything you take medication wise. You
might have to try a few things before you find the medication that will work for you. This will be the time to keep in touch with your doctor; you should report anything that happens to your doctor.

Herbal Sleep Aids

If you have tried prescription sleep aids and find that they don't work, you can go for another route with herbal sleep aids. To start with you should know how much sleep you need for
yourself.

Some people might only need a few hours, while others might need eight hours or more, while someone else might only need four to five hours of sleep. Each person will be different as would be the help you need with your sleeping problem. Each person will need something different that will help them.

It might be setting up some kind of routine before you go to bed. From reading a few chapters in a book, listening to some music, or even setting a time that you will go to bed and go to bed at that time and always at that time.

Searching on the internet you can find some herbal tablets that you can buy. Or see if you have a local herb store. Talking to the owner, they might be able to point you in the right direction of something that could help.

You could even go to a local book store and find books on the subject of sleep and of using
herbs to get a good night sleep. Looking through these books might give you a better insight to what kind of sleep problem you are dealing with.
If you still like the ideas of using herbs, you might feel better with being able to grow your own.

Finding the right herbs online will be easy, you should be able to get seeds and grown them
right in your home. This way you'll know that you'll always have something on hand in case you
need to get to sleep.
If you don't want to go to all that trouble there are herbal sleep aids you can buy that have
valerian, chamomile, and more herbs in them that will give you a lot more help in getting to
sleep. Most of all find what works for you; you might have to try a few products before you find
something you feel is right for you. If you are going to try some medication given by a doctor you
will have to tell him about the herbal treatment you have been trying.

Sleep Aids That Don't Require Medication

If you want an easy approach to getting better sleep you might want to look at how you've been sleeping. It might not be a mental reason that you can't get any sleep. It might be the way you are sleeping.

If you can change some of the ways you sleep you might find yourself sleeping better then you thought you could. Start with how you have your head and neck placed on your pillow. You can buy special pillows that have a cervical pattern in them. This will help you keep you neck stable and reduce snoring. Look into other pillows that could help you sleep better.

Maybe even getting a new mattress might help you sleep better. See how old the mattress you are using now is and think about getting a new one. There are many types of new mattresses on the market. You can find one that will work for you and your spouse if you are married.

If you can't afford a new mattress, look into get a mattress pad. They'll give you more support for your bed. A simple change like this might help you get a better nights rest. But if you are still feeling tired in the morning, or still not sleeping through the night you might have to try something different.

If you want something more, then look into a CD of music that is made with sounds that will help you sleep. Playing this in the background of your bedroom could help you focus on something else while you fall asleep. There are some scents that can help with sleep also.
There are many things that you can buy that aren't medical in nature. From buying something that will create a white noise or something that let’s you hear the sounds of nature. Even getting some kind routine down for sleeping may help. Go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain time. Maybe even try reading a book before you go to bed.

If any of this still doesn’t work, it might be time to try something different. From getting an over the counter sleep aid to using something more powerful that you can get from your doctor
.
Sleep is important to your health, so make sure you try something.

Treatment Of Sleep Disorder And Sleep Aid Ideas

If you know that you have a sleep disorder and have decided that you need to try some kind of sleep aid to get through the night, then the first thing you need to do is contact a doctor and talk with him or her. This will help you decide what kind of sleep disorder you have.
There is a possibility that you could have sleep apnea. This is when you stop breathing during sleep. When this happens you wake up and start breathing again. This might happen many times during the night.

If you have this problem then you aren't going to remember waking up at all during the night, but it will leave you tired in the morning. You might have headaches and a sore throat. If you go to a doctor they can test you for this.

If you aren't sure that you are having trouble sleeping, then knowing the answers to a few questions might help you find out. Do other people often tell you that you look tired? Are you having difficulty with your memory? Feel sleepy during the day? Have trouble staying waking while you’re sitting, like watching TV or reading?

If you have answered yes to most of these, then you might have a sleep disorder and you should check to see if some sleep aids could help. One type of sleep disorder is sleeplessness; this is a lack of sleep. It can be short term or longer. This could be caused by stress, change in time, bad bedtime habits.

Another is restless legs syndrome. This is a neurological disorder that causes tingly or creeping sensations in your legs. This in return makes you move your legs and keeps waking you up while you are sleeping.

To learn more about your sleep disorder you can go to a doctor and be tested. These disorders might require more then natural sleep aids to cure. But you can always try changing the way you sleep, going to bed at a certain time, getting up at the same time. Trying some natural sleep aids might cure what you have, from trying to calm yourself down with tea, or a long bath. If they don't, it is best to see your doctor right away.

New Prescription Sleep Aids

There are a ton of new prescription sleep aids on the market. Each one gives you the sleep that you need for the night. With each new prescription sleep aid that becomes available there is more chance that they might help you better than the last.

If you decide to switch to a new prescription sleep aid then you need to contact your doctor to tell him that you wish to switch to something different. You might have to wait a few weeks before you can take the new medication. If this is the case you might find that you can sleep without the medication.

If you still cannot sleep then contact your doctor and you can get a new medication to try. If you have decided to do this you will have to wait for the medication to start working. If they don't start working for more then a few days then you should contact your doctor again.

Some of the drugs that you will be using will be for a short term.

Needing something for a longer term could be something you need to look into. There is one medication on the market that can be used for long term for adults called Rozerem. Each drug will have different side affects. So you might want to look into them before you decide what direction you want to go.

Make sure that you know as much as you can about any sleep drug before you take any kind of medication. This will help you know what you are going to go through before you begin to take the drug. You might cross some of the sleep aids off your list after reading about any side affects.

There are many options out there to try before you go to your doctor. Trying all the natural treatments first could be the answer for you. Going to your doctor after all natural treatments have been tried is the best step to try. If you don't have a doctor you can stick to a natural treatment.

But if you still can not sleep after trying these. Then you should try and talk to a doctor. Heath problems can arise if you do not get good enough sleep at night.

What To Look For In Sleep Aids

First you need to find something that is going to work for you. You might want something that will work quickly. Something that might work for you might not work for someone else. But there are a lot of treatments out there that will help you decide what you want to do.
First you need to decide if you want to go with some natural ways before you go with any kind of medications. Trying something simple to start off with might fix your sleeping problem. Some of these ways are just a change in habit.

See what time you go to bed and need to get up. Your sleep problem might not be a sleep disorder; you just might not be getting enough sleep. You should try and get at least eight hours of sleep if you are feeling tired when you wake up. Some people might require less then that, but if you are feeling tired for most of the day, then you need to get a few more hours of sleep.

Deciding how much sleep you need might take a few weeks to decide. Start with eight hours and if you are waking up too early lower your sleeping hours down.

Stress is another reason that you might not be sleeping. Taking a few hours before you go to sleep to wind down might be what you need. Take a long bath, maybe walk around the block and let you're mind clear from the days work.

If you just can't go to sleep it might help if you try reading, or listening to some music. If this helps, but you can't sleep through the night then you should get a hold of a doctor. You're doctor will be able to give you information on sleep aid medications.

Sleep aid medication is safe when used for a small amount of time. Using these medications can help your body get back into a natural sleep pattern. There is also medication that let you take the medication for a long period of time.

You should contact your doctor if you can't sleep after using these medications. Not sleeping
can lead to serious heath problems and it would be wise to get in contact with someone that can help you.

Types Of Prescription Sleep Aids

Looking at types of prescription sleep aids might be the right thing to do. Learning about something that you are going to be taking is wise. To start with here is some history about sleeping tablets for you to learn. Sleeping tablets are nothing new, years ago they used to be based on mainly herbs. In the 1900's barbiturates were introduced into these herbal extracts. In 1960's benzodiazepines became available.

Today's options for sleeping tablets do carry the risk of being dependant on them. They also can be lethal if you do take more then the prescribed amount. These tablets can also be dangerous if you have other heath problems.

If you don't have a doctor then you can look at the over the counter sleep tablets. These are used when you have an occasional sleepless night. They shouldn't be used for a long period of time, because you're body will get used to the drug.

Nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic medications, these are the newest class of sleeping tablets. They quiet your nervous system; which will help with sleep. Benzodiazepine hypnotic medications are an older class of sleep tablets. These are more likely to cause headaches the next morning.

Sedating antidepressants are also used to treat Sleeplessness when taken in small doses.
When taking any kind of sleeping tablets you should try natural ways first. From seeing how you sleep you may consider changing you're nightly routine. If this has not helped and you know that you to have to have some kind of medication to get some sleep, you should see your doctor right away.

You don't need you're doctor to tell you if it is all right to talk over the counter sleep tablets. But you should read the directions on them and to make sure that you use them safely. If they do not work, then it will be the time to contact your doctor.

Make sure that you avoid alcohol when taking sleeping tablets. You should never mix alcohol and sleeping tablets, even in small amounts. With using sleeping tablets you should take only one a day.

Over the counter tablets are to be used for two to three nights at time. If you use these tablets too much, your sleeping problems might return. You should contact your doctor if this occurs.

Risk Factors For Sleep Disorders And Sleep Aids For Them

To start with, you need to decide if you do have a sleep disorder. Answer these questions will help you deicide if you do.

• Do you have trouble falling asleep?

• Do you have problems staying asleep?

You should be able to get at least six to nine hours of sleep. If you are waking up during the night, a sleep disorder might be the cause.

• During the day do you feel anxious, annoyed or sleepy?

Having a sleep disorder will leave you tired during the day.

• Have you experience some stressful effect? Like the death of a loved one?

• Do you smoke before bed?

• Drink caffeine before bed?

• Drink alcohol before bed?

• Are you or do you have?

• Depressed?

• Asthma?

• Diabetes?

• Ulcers?

• Pregnant?

• Painful medical conduction, like arthritis, or fibromyhalgia?

Having any of the above medical problems might be the reason for your restless sleeping.
If you answered yes to any of these questions you might have a sleeping disorder. Cutting back on some things might help with your sleeping. Try and stop smoking. Don't drink caffeine three or more hours before bedtime. The same goes with alcohol.

If you have stopped what was mentioned above then you should check in with you're doctor.

They'll be able to see if you do indeed have a sleep disorder.

If you do have one, it is best that you do get help for your sleep disorder. Not sleeping can result in serious heath problems. There are many options that you can look at that will help with your sleep disorder. These sleep aids can be bought over the counter. Or you can go to your doctor and he'll give you a prescription. Make sure that you read the instructions on any medication you take.

Best Sleep Aids And Natural Aids

With so many sleep aids on the market, it's hard to decide what sleep aid will work for you. Each sleep aid will work differently for each person. Talking with your doctor will help you.

Sometimes a sleep aid is not the first choice you should turn to. You should try the natural sleep aids first. From looking at your life and seeing if there is something that has happened in the last few months that would change your sleep patterns.

If that is not the case then see if you're having too much caffeine before bedtime. Cutting out you're intact of caffeine might be a quick way to help you sleep. Or even stop having any caffeine before bedtime will help. If this still doesn't help, try setting a time for bedtime and a time to get up. Make sure that your times allow you to have at least eight hours of sleep.

Each sleep aid might affect you differently. So there isn't a best sleep aid that will work prefect for everyone. You will have to pick and chose what sleep aid will work for you. It could be simple choices of finding some kind of routine that can help you get to sleep.
If you feel that you do need to take some kind of extra help. You can look into herbal tablets. The ones that you can find at any local store will have herbs that will help you get the rest you need.

Make sure that you are careful with any kind of treatment that you decide to pick. Also contact your doctor if any of the non-medical treatment doesn't work. Your doctor could have suggestions to help you get better sleep without any kind of prescription. This might be the best choice for you if you have tried everything else.

Over the Counter Sleep Aids

Having troubles sleeping and decided that it's time to look for something that will help you get to sleep. If you can't get to a doctor and want to try some over the counter sleep aids then you should go to you're local pharmacy. See if you can get a few minutes to talk to help behind the counter. They might be able to point you in the right direction of what kind of medication that could help.

If you wish to by pass this you can look at the medication that will be on the shelf. From Tylenol PM, Tylenol Sleep Time, even breath right nasal strips might help you sleep better at night.

These medications should be used from what the directions say on the box.

You should give these medications time to work before you try something else. Try not to use two medications in pill form at the same time. If this still doesn't help with your sleeping problem you might want to try some natural things that you can try along with taking some over counter sleep aids.

Something you can try is getting a routine down. Go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain time. Maybe even try reading a book before you go to bed or listening to some kind of soft music might help. There are many options out for any kind of sleep aids. You should go through a list that you find and decide what will work for you.

You might find that some of the natural treatments might work after you've taken the prescribed amount of the over the counter sleep aids. Some of the over the counter sleep aids might help more then others. You should look closely at each one before you chose.

Alternative Therapies As Sleep Aids

If you're looking for something that is not a medical sleep aid then you should be looking at alternative therapies that can work for sleep aids. These suggests are something that you have to work on and use before they will make a different

But doing any of these routines will help you in the long run, with these sleep aids you need to make sure that you stick with them. Some ideas to start with are finding a lot of herbs that will help with sleeping. The main one is valerian; this will help with sleep and keeping yourself asleep. Some other herbs are chamomile is another herb that is a treatment for Sleeplessness. Make sure you check these herbs thoroughly before you pick any of them.

Another therapy to try is acupuncture. This is a traditional Chinese medicine, it can treat many problems and will help in you're sleeping problems. More research is need to see if will work for everyone, but if this is something you want to try it is something that might work for you.

Another easy one for alternative treatment is relaxation and meditation. This one will take a while to learn, to be able to let your muscles relax. This is something you can start before bedtime. Let the stress of the day leave when you start your meditation.

Another option to try is exercise. You might not be tired by bedtime comes. If you take an hour out of the day to walk a few blocks or go to a gym your body will finally wind down by the time bedtime comes. These options will keep you healthily.

If you have a doctor, check with him before you try any of these options. They might be able to offer more suggestions too.

How To Choose Sleep Aids

If you are looking for a sleep aid you need to pick one that will work for you. If you have a
doctor, talk to him or her as they can help you faster with finding a sleep aid then looking one up yourself. Make sure that you consider each option carefully before picking what will work for you. If you are using herbs you should make sure that they wouldn't effect any other medication that you might be taking.

There are many herbs that can help with sleep are ginseng and lemon balm. If you are looking for an herb supplement, then you can find tablets in your local store that will have most of these herbs in them.

There are many other things you can try before going to a doctor. From changing how you
sleep, from getting a new mattress, pillow or blankets. Making sure that your bedroom has a
good normal temperature throughout the night.

Also you might want to make sure that you go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This might take a while to get used to, but it is a good idea to make sure that you get at least eight hours of sleep.

If none of this works, then continue with them, but try some over the counter sleep aids. These should be used only a few times during any given period. If they still don't help with your sleeping problem then get in touch with your doctor. They should be able to give you more suggestions and prescribe stronger medication.

With any medication make sure that you read the instruction before you take any of them. If you go to your doctor, they should be able to tell you everything you need to know about taking any sleep aid.

Recognising The Symptoms Of Restless Leg Syndrome

The percentage of American adults who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, commonly known as RLS, has exceeded 15 percent. Women and older people are more affected than men.

People suffering from diabetes, varicose veins, and arthritis stand a greater risk of developing this disorder.

According to researchers, Restless Leg Syndrome is the result of a disorder in the brain pathways that control sensations and movement reflexes. Sometimes, this disorder could be due to hereditary reasons.

Symptoms

People suffering from RLS have an urge to move their knees or other parts of their lower leg
and, sometimes, the arms. The desire to move the muscles of the lower leg is sometimes
accompanied by pain. People suffering from RLS relate a variety of experiences. While some say they feel a pulling, tingling, or itching sensation, others say that they feel a burning or pricking sensation. Some claim that they feel as if worms are crawling beneath their skin.

The typical symptoms of RLS can manifest at any time. If they appear at night, the person will be unable to sleep. These symptoms distract a person by making them leave their bed and then go back to it several times, movements which, in turn, disrupt or delay sleep. The patients feel more sleepy at daytime because their usual night sleep is frequently disturbed.

People suffering from RLS are often depressed. Due to lack of sleep, they feel very tired, and their symptoms might force them to make major lifestyle changes. For instance, people with RLS usually avoid taking long trips, watching a concert or a movie, eating out, or attending long meetings due to the pain and discomfort that such activities cause.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing Restless Leg Syndrome with a single examination is not possible. In most cases,
standard neurological examinations do not reveal any abnormalities. A medical doctor usually suspects Restless Leg Syndrome on the basis of a patients description of symptoms. Medical doctors also consider the results of certain medical tests such as blood tests and medical examinations and also the patient's genetic history.

Treating RLS

To treat RLS effectively, you should learn to control the sensations that cause lack of sleep.
Since this disorder is associated with anemia, medical practitioners prescribe iron supplements.

Healthy changes in diet, reducing or bringing to a complete stop the intake of alcohol and
caffeine, and practicing techniques of relaxation can greatly benefit a person suffering from
RLS. Usually, drugs are prescribed to control and manage this disorder. These drugs are dopamine agents, opioids or anticonvulsants, and benzodiazepines. While drugs cannot cure this disorder, they can definitely control the symptoms of it. People suffering from RLS usually depend on medication throughout their lives.

Alternative Methods To Treat Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can disrupt your day-to-day activities. People who are deprived of their sleep feel very sleepy and tired at all times. They get irritated easily and are known to be very emotional. Sleep disorders are dangerous not only to the person who is affected by it, but also to the people who have to live with such a person.

Alternative methods, in addition to traditional medication, can be used to successfully control
and manage this problem. People who adopt an alternative method pay special attention to their dietary habits and include supplements and herbs in their diet. Others try exercise regimes, relaxation techniques, meditation or cognitive behavioural therapy. Many time, people suffering from sleep disorders have found that a combination of some of these techniques and methods can work wonders.

Diet

If you eat healthy, you will enjoy a high level of energy and a good night's sleep. To maintain
good health and a high energy level, you must eat a variety of healthy foods and drink lots of
water. Sleep disorders can be cured by eating certain types of foods that promote sleep.

Serotonin is a natural sedative, which the body creates with the help of tryptophan, an amino
acid. Eat food that is rich is tryptophan; for example, turkey, cheese, chicken, fish, milk,
avocados, bananas, and cottage cheese. If you eat tryptophan-rich food just before going to
bed, you will be able to raise the level of serotonin in your body.

At the same time, you should also avoid certain types of food that might not agree with you.
Avoid processed foods and limit your intake of caffeine and sugar.

Herbs and Supplements

Several people use natural supplements and herbs in a bid to get rid of sleep disorders. The
market offers a number of herbs and nutritional supplements. Before you purchase and use
one, however, you should make a study of its effects on your body and whether it is capable of curing a specific sleep disorders.

For instance, restless leg syndrome, a sleep disorder, is caused by deficiency of folic acid or
iron. If the patient takes an iron supplement, he or she can get rid of some or all the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and enjoy a good nights sleep.

Similarly, several herbs are known for their property of inducing natural sleep. Tea brewed out of a herb called chamomile or a lemon balm can relax a person suffering from sleep disorders and enable him or her to enjoy a deep and relaxing sleep.

Exercise and Relaxation

A good exercise regime along with a few relaxation techniques can ease the tension in your
muscles and relieve stress. A number of people have used these techniques to get rid of sleep disorders. Trying out a relaxation technique just before you go to sleep can not only relax your body, but also calm your mind and, thereby, enable you to sleep peacefully. Some popular relaxation techniques are progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, and mindful exercises.

Meditation
Many patients have also tried visualization and meditation with success. There are two types of meditation: mantra meditation and breath meditation. Both types of meditation go a long way in calming your mind and relaxing your body. Some people also use visualization techniques that have a healing effect on their mind and body.

Sensory Techniques

If you are suffering from a sleep disorder, you can also use a sensory technique such as
aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy offers the following effective techniques to help you banish a sleeping disorder: a footbath that stimulates lymph and an Epsom salt bath. Those who have taken refuge in aromatherapy can relax their body and mind by using essential oils in their bath water, massage oils, inhalants, and room sprays.

Therapy

Behavioral and cognitive therapy can also be used to manage and control a sleep disorder. Therapy helps improve sleep patterns. Alternatively, you can also try stimulus control therapy and keeping a diary.

Several people have claimed to have benefited from the use of alternative therapies,
techniques, methods, and practices to get rid of a troublesome sleep disorder. Many times,
alternative methods are used with traditional medication.

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