In today’s world, we all know someone who’s struggling with Post-traumatic stress disorder. Be it a war veteran or someone who’s been involved in a traumatic event, it seems that PTSD seems to be more common now than ever. An aspect of PTSD that seems to get little public attention is sleeping with PTSD. While going through your normal day can be a challenge, getting through the night can be even tougher. There are many great natural ways to make sleeping with PTSD a lot more manageable.
We’ve all had those nights where no matter what we try, sleep just doesn’t come easy. You try natural remedies and even your dreamlike latex mattress can’t help you. You’re not sick and therefore can’t take NyQuil or other cold medicines that serve a dual purpose and you don’t want to be on prescription sleeping pills. This is a dilemma many people face and until now, there has never really been a solution for them other than to stare at the clock or count sheep until they finally pass out. Now, we can all find relief with several top of the line over the counter sleep aids, including ZzzQuil, by the makers of NyQuil (of course), Doxylamine, and Valerian. These sleeping aids promise to have the same effect on a sleepy person as NyQuil, without the cold and flu remedies. But do they all really work? Let’s find out more about these supposed saviors for the sleep-deprived.
The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is now highly regarded in the Western world as well as an alternative to other more traditional medicinal routes. One area where acupuncture is highly revered is its ability to treat sleep disorders. You’d be surprised at the level in which acupuncture can truly improve your sleeping habits.
It seems that lately we’re all trying to find natural ways to sleep better, well today let’s talk about one of the most natural ways of all: scents. The best smells for sleeping are ones that you might even have in your home already. While there are tons of scents that can help you to relax and sleep better, everyone has their preference and what works for some people may not always work for others. Let’s look at five scents that are sure to help you relax and get a great night of sleep.
Are you laying in bed again, wondering why you can’t fall asleep? Have you tried the list of usual sleep aids and none seem to be working? Well fear not, today we’re going to talk about a new solution: showering before bed. It may sound like a no-brainer and maybe even a bit odd but there are many studies out there that show showering before bed can be the key to a peaceful night of sleep.
Losing weight is as easy as 1, 2, Zzzz.
As summer 2012 is rapidly fleeting, it’s time to look towards fall. For some that means a new school year or maybe a new job. Whatever it means for you, you’re going to want to look good doing it. What a lot of people don’t know is that losing weight starts with a good night’s sleep. In a study quoted by WebMD.com, researchers found that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night weigh more than people who sleep longer. Let’s look into the effects sleep can have on a person’s metabolism.
So your kids are finally past the stage of diapers and drooling and it seems that your life might finally settle down for just enough time so that you can get a full night of sleep. You hit that wonderfully comfortable botanical mattress and just as your eyes start to close, you feel this tiny tap on your shoulder…your toddler has wandered into your room and is now looking to take up residency in your bed. While you and your significant other may not be pleased, exhaustion has won in the battle against reason and you shimmy over to make room for the intruder in footy pajamas. While most parents shake their heads, giving into the lack of sleep, calling their bed hijacking a “phase,” there are ways to avoid having your child sleep in your bed, which in the end will mean a better night of sleep for you and them.
We’ve all been there – one moment you’re dreaming peacefully in a sedative slumber and suddenly it hits you: BING BING BING. The deafening sound of your alarm might as well be a firing squad at 6:00 a.m. Sometimes it seems that the best night of sleep can be nullified by an ultra-annoying alarm. But fear not, there are ways to wake up gently and the sound you wake up to makes all the difference.
In the past few weeks, we’ve gone over some of the best natural ways to sleep easy and through the night. One we haven’t talked about yet is doing yoga or meditation before bed. According to many sources, yoga can be just what the doctor ordered for those nights when sleep just won’t come.