Over the shelf sleep drugsAlmost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another. Insomnia – the inability to sleep – isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.

People with insomnia may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, and fitful sleep. They may experience daytime drowsiness, yet still be unable to nap, and are often anxious and irritable or forgetful and unable to concentrate.

Nearly half of insomnia stems from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Stressful events, mild depression, or an anxiety disorder can keep people awake at night. When the underlying cause is properly treated, insomnia usually improves. If not, additional strategies to help promote sleep may be needed. Read the rest of this entry

NSF and LARK Partner for Sleep Health Education

The National Sleep Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with LARK, creator of the award-winning sleep monitor, silent alarm clock, and personal sleep coach, to educate consumers on the importance of sleep and the best practices for sleep health.

“We’re excited by the potential of the convergence of technology and interest in sleep,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “LARK is at the cutting edge of consumer sleep devices and by working together, the National Sleep Foundation and LARK can help everyone understand how to make the most of their time in bed.”

LARK worked with top sleep experts to design an actigraph wristband that detects wearers’ unique sleep patterns and wirelessly uploads them to their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Users get an immediate picture of how they’ve slept and analysis shows what “Sleep Type” they are and the easiest ways for them personally to improve. LARK offers a premium subscription, LARK Pro, which actively coaches people towards improving their sleep. The LARK wristband also features a silent alarm that wakes the wearer gently by mild vibrations. Read the rest of this entry

Self Help Tips For People Who Snore Loud

Snoring is a global health problem in adults especially. Sleep experts believe that using an anti-snoring device is a better way to ease breathing and ensure that the body is getting enough rest.

But in addition to the help from a snoring device, there are a variety of ‘self-help’ techniques people can use to keep the air flowing. Here are seven extremely useful tips for people who snore loud;

1. Maintain a healthy weight
2. Establish a regular routine for sleep (i.e., the same bedtime every night)
3. Sleep on your side, rather than on your back
4. Avoid tranquilizers, antihistamines and sleeping pills
5. Do not drink alcohol for at least four hours before bedtime
6. Do not eat heavy meals or high-calorie snacks for at least three hours before bedtime
7. Consider an adjustable belt where you can tilt the head upwards four inches…or use pillows to achieve the same angle

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