In National Use of Prescription Medications for Insomnia, appearing in Volume 37, Issue 02 of the journal SLEEP, Harvard Medical School reports that approximately 3.5 percent (nearly six million) U.S. adults admitted to the use of sleeping pills within a one-month period of time. The study, conducted for the years 2009 and 2010, showed an increase over a similar study conducted in 1999-2000 which reported only 2 percent of adults.
What’s Your Natural Sleep Aid?
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Is a snoring spouse, barking dogs, traffic outside, or birds chirping at 4 am playing havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re far from alone. “The research is pretty solid that noise can prevent people from getting a good night’s sleep,” says Ken Hume, a principal lecturer in human physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. What’s more, noises as quiet as 40 decibels – akin to the sounds between a quiet whisper from six feet and a normal conversation at three feet – can keep us from sleeping, reports the National Sleep Foundation.
Very few people will even attempt to argue that getting too little sleep is good for humans. But that doesn’t make it any easier for the millions of people, globally, who suffer from frequent or chronic sleep deprivation to find those elusive winks at night. Now, however, help has arrived in the form of several gadgets designed to make grabbing those forty winks a dream. Here are just a sampling of them.
As summer begins beating down with the full force of longer days and the sun’s most powerful rays, thoughts of staying cool while sleeping are weighing heavily on many sleep-deprived minds. The simple solution is to seek out ways to cool off despite the heat outside. These are a few great tips that will have you sleeping soundly despite the rising temperatures outside.
What you eat before bed can have a profound impact on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. The key is to find foods that help you sleep and healthy bedtime snacks that will not prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Some foods, and portion sizes, interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. You’ve probably been told not to eat large snacks filled with fried, fatty food right before going to bed. But, what is good to eat?
Not only is it disturbing to your sleep partner, but snoring can lead to fatigue, moodiness, irritability, reduced ability to focus, and over time, sleep deprivation. Luckily, these days, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce or even eliminate your snoring, including a stop snoring pillow.
Getting a good night’s sleep is something that many among us find difficult to do. But, did you know that there are several mobile apps on the market right now that can help you get better sleep at night? It’s true. These are some of the best among them.
Are you a shift worker who needs to sleep during the day but have a difficult time doing so due to the sunlight peeking in your windows? Can you not get your room dark enough despite room darkening blinds or blackout curtains? Is your sleep mask not blocking out enough light? If so, there’s another alternative in blackout window film.
Co-sleeping with your baby can have quite a few benefits for both child and parent. You can quickly respond to midnight needs, you can constantly monitor your child, and you provide a sense of comfort that an infant needs in order to relax and become more secure in his or her surroundings. However, there are concerns in the bed that you need to be mindful of in order to provide a safe-sleeping environment.