You know that heavy, foggy feeling you get in your head after a night of too little sleep? It’s not a coincidence – your brain really is ‘hurting.’ Even one bad night’s sleep can cause changes in your brain similar to those that occur if you’re hit in the head.[i] Specifically, both poor sleep and […]
Chronic pain is a major cause of sleep loss and is associated with insomnia. For instance, the National Sleep Foundation points out that if you have lower back pain you might experience intense “microarousals” throughout the night. Microarousals are changes in your sleep state to a lighter stage of sleep, and they often lead to […]
Valerian, a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia, has been valued for its mild sedative properties since ancient times. Hippocrates was among those who described its therapeutic uses, and it was prescribed for insomnia as early as the 2nd century.
Do you often find yourself lying in bed wide awake, unable to sleep at 3 a.m. because of a wondering brain? Research has shown that people with insomnia have difficulty shutting down mind-wandering brain regions at night, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to fall asleep.
Prescription drugs to treat insomnia are a $1.6-billion market in the United States, and at the helm is Ambien, the number one prescription sleep aid in America.
Sleeping is supposed to be the ultimate in rest and relaxation … yet so many of us spend our nights tossing and turning instead of slumbering. There are many factors that can disturb your sleep (like your pets, medications and the wrong bedtime snack), but one that you might not have considered is your sleep […]
Getting quality sleep is about much more than having energy in the morning or avoiding those pesky dark circles under your eyes. Lack of sleep is linked to serious diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, immune system trouble and even weight gain and obesity.
If You Suffer Poor Sleep or Anxiety, It’s a MUST Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter known for its inhibitory effect on nerves, essentially helping them to calm down. Low levels of GABA are linked to mood and anxiety disorders, which is why some anxiety medications and hypnotics like Ambien and Lunesta actually work by […]
Are you chronically sleep deprived? Wait… before you answer, ask yourself these three questions: Do I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow? Do I need an alarm clock to wake up? Do I sleep extra hours on the weekends / my days off? If you answered “Yes” to any of these, […]
Eat These If You Want a Great Night of Zzzzzs Up to 70 million Americans are plagued by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems.[i] This makes for one drowsy population … and, worse, getting too little sleep