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

sleep longerCaffeine addiction may be a symptom of a greater issue plaguing Americans: lack of sleep. Abstaining from caffeine after noon or stopping caffeine consumption three hours prior to bed is sufficient for most. A nightcap before bed may seem to help induce rest, but it actually causes interruptions in sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48 percent of Americans report occasionally experiencing insomnia — the inability to fall or stay asleep. The nonprofit foundation, based in Washington, D.C., also reports that 22 percent of Americans experience insomnia nearly every night.

Several health experts share their tips on how to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Medication and Its Long Term Impacts

sleeping pillsSleeping pills are over-prescribed.  There should always be caution with prescribing these medications as some of the long-term effects on memory can be a problem. Instead more sex and cuddles with your partner are a better option for sleep.

Nationally nearly 680,000 sleeping pill prescriptions were doled out in the year to June 30. Before taking sleep medication, there were several things people could do to help with issues around sleep.

Avoiding stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed, regular exercise and healthy eating are far better options. At the same time a hot bath, more sex and cuddles with your partner are among the highly recommended options. Read the rest of this entry

More Women Take Sleeping Pills To Get Beauty Sleep

Many women are turning to unnatural remedies to get to sleep.

Research finds more and more women are turning to sleeping pills in order to get their beauty sleep. It’s a problem that’s sending many women to rehab clinics.

A study from the National Sleep Foundation found nearly three in ten women say they take sleeping aids at least a few nights a week.

Doctor Nancy Collop at the Emory University’s sleep center reports that three out of four insomnia patients are female.

She examines more over scheduled soccer moms, stressed out working women, and women undergoing hormonal changes taking pills to help them rest. Read the rest of this entry

If the decibel level in your bedroom is increasing and reaching beyond your tolerable limits owing to the loud snoring partner you both need to introduce certain very specific changes in your lifestyle. Encourage him/her to try these snoring remedies:

1. Lose weight to stop snoring related to obesity.

2. Avoid alcohol within three hours of bedtime, because alcohol relaxes throat muscles.Sedatives and sleeping pills have the same effect.

3. Exercise regularly, which helps control weight. It also promotes good overall muscle tone, which is beneficial.

4. Quit smoking. Tobacco smoke tends to inflame tissues of the upper airway.This swelling narrows airways, impeding airflow. Read the rest of this entry

Quick & Easy:The Sleep Apnea Book

Sarnia-based Dr. Gautam Soparkar, a sleep apnea expert who also oversees sleep clinics in Leamington and London, has written the Quick and Easy Sleep Apnea Book, which explains the medical condition in lay terms so people can understand it and recognize its signs and symptoms.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing is disrupted during sleep, sometimes severely. It’s more common than people think, Soparkar said during a book signing at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Many people have no idea they suffer from the condition, even if it’s affecting their daily life and health, Soparkar said. Read the rest of this entry

Sleeping Pills Should Not Be Taken Lightly

When sleep doesn’t come easily, some people turn to what they think is an easy solution – sleeping pills. But according to a Baylor College of Medicine sleep expert, sleep medications – whether prescription or over-the-counter – shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“All medications have side effects that need to be weighed whenever you take them,” cautioned Dr. Phil Alapat, assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at BCM and medical director of the BCM Sleep Center.

Some of the most common prescription sleep medications are non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, like Ambien and Lunesta. These medications are not physically addictive and will not cause withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking them. However, many people depend on them because they believe they cannot sleep without them, Alapat said. Read the rest of this entry

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