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4 Hacks To Benefit Bedtime

4 Hacks To Benefit Bedtime

 

Many people are searching for ways to improve their quality of sleep here are 4 of the hacks from an article on KSL.


Check your sleeping surface– Do you wake up with muscle pain? Or does it take forever to get comfortable at night? If you are not getting the hours of sleep needed each night it might be time to invest in a better mattress or even a better pillow. Do your research! Your time spent on finding the right mattress for you will be well spent. Also look for hypoallergenic pillows. Suffering from allergies spread from pillow stuffing or cases can also keep an adult or child up at night.
No Gadgets in the bedroom – Do you or your child spend time watching TV or playing on devices at night? It is time to say NO to devices in the bedroom. The blue light and active noises emitted from television and handheld devices can disrupt melatonin production. The decrease in the sleep producing hormone can make it difficult for a child or adult to fall asleep.

Check the Temperature – Lower bedroom temperatures helps decrease the body’s core temperature which can help a person fall asleep. So make sure you have a fan or a low temperature on the thermostat.

 

Understand the daytime benefits of a good night sleep-  

Good sleep can help with the following

  • Healthy weight
  • Brain development
  • Better focus
  • Empowers brain and body
  • Decreases chances for mental disorders

 

If you try these tips and they help please share your success stories in the comments. If you still have trouble sleeping it might be time to speak with your primary doctor. If your doctor suggests melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option. 

S.A.D In Children?

S.A.D In Children?

When people think of depression they usually imagine an adult. However depression and anxiety can affect children as well. One type of depression that affects both adults and children is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is sometimes not recognized right away because the depression comes and goes according to the seasons. Some external factors that can trigger S.A.D are cold and dark weather or the chaos of holidays or the loneliness from not seeing friends because of school break. Clinical factors can also play a role in this specific type of depression.

The specific cause of S.A.D is still unknown. However Mayo Clinic has stated that the sudden decrease of sunlight in Fall and Winter could be a possible cause. The decrease in daylight can also cause a decrease in serotonin levels. Serotonin is nicknamed the “Happy Hormone” this chemical in the brain can affect many aspects of a persons life. Including the following.

  • Sleep
  • Mood 
  • Appetite
  • Memory
  • Learning

If a child is acting different for example having a decreased appetite, not sleeping well, sleeping too much, acting grumpy or having new troubles in school these could be signs of S.A.D. If your child or children have any of these troubles especially during Fall or Winter it might be time to speak with a pediatrician.

The right hand hormone to serotonin is melatonin. This hormone is nicknamed the “Sleep Hormone”. The production of this hormone is signaled by darkness. With it becoming darker earlier in Fall and Winter the body might produce too much melatonin making a child feel sluggish. This sudden increase in melatonin can also cause a person’s moods to change.

People who have symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are advised to spend time in the sunlight. Daylight can increase the production of serotonin which can possibly decrease the affects of S.A.D.

Again if you notice your child has depression during certain seasons speak with your pediatrician so your son or daughter can receive the best care. 

How to Help a Night Owl Get to Bed on Time

How to Help a Night Owl Get to Bed on Time

Sometimes our sleeping habits happen within us. Some kids like to arise with the sun while others just want to dance in the moonlight. So how do you help your child who just can’t sleep at night and then is sleepy at school? Here are some tips to help your little night owl get the Zzzz he or she needs. One helpful tool can be melatonin supplements. Pediatricians advise to only use this supplement  short-term. Use this as a re-setter to help a child get back on a sleep schedule  after a stressful time, new school, family vacation etc.

Daily Parent’s Dear Addie Section had these other tips to offer

  • Move the bedtime up by about 30 minutes so that the wind-down period starts earlier
  • No sugar or caffeine within six hours of bedtime
  • No screen-time (TV, electronics, etc.) for an hour before bedtime
  • No sports/active play for an hour before bedtime

 

Change Bedtime- Creating an earlier bedtime by about thirty minutes can help a child relax their mind earlier so they will be more ready for bed when the clock hits the special hour. Also creating a quiet routine might be helpful. For example reading a fun book after homework is complete.

No Sugar or Caffeine-  Within 6 hours of bedtime close the doors on candy or caffeine. These are stimulants and can cause minds to race. These treats or drinks full of sugar can sometimes turn a calm child into a hyper night owl that refuses to go to bed.

Create Quiet Time An hour before bedtime turn off all devices and spend an hour as a family. Read a book, listen to music, have a healthy bedtime snack etc. For bedtime snack ideas read our previous articles 5 Bedtime Snacks or 6 More Bedtime Snacks.
Create Relaxing Activities-To help night owls feel sleepy when the stars are shining. Avoid active play or sports an hour before bedtime. Switch with relaxing activities like talking about the day, coloring or reading together. 

 

If these night owl tips do not help and your child is still restless it might be time to visit with his or her pediatrician.

How To Develop Good Sleep Hygiene

How To Develop Good Sleep Hygiene

Many children and adults have trouble getting to sleep at night. This might be caused by bad “sleep hygiene” this term is defined as things that can help facilitate good, continuous and adequate sleep.

Creating good sleep hygiene can be quite simple by following these tips.

Create a Quiet Room – Remove items that can disrupt sleep. For example electronics, TV, or even noisy pets. Also have light blocking curtains to block out the glow from street lamps if you live in a city. Having a white noise machine can also be helpful to block out the neighborhood sounds that might be distracting.

Establish Gadget Free Time – The National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of “gadget free transition time” before bedtime. It is important to “power down” to get higher sleep quality. As said in some of our earlier articles the blue light emitted from devices can decrease the production of the important sleep hormone melatonin. Having low melatonin makes it harder for a person to drift off to sleep. Mobile phones and tablets used in bed can wreck sleep hygiene.

Power Down Physically and Mentally- Do not exercise mentally or physically too close to bedtime. If you want to exercise in the evening make sure to do so at least an hour before bedtime which can help you produce endorphins which might help you decrease stress. Though the boost in endorphins can also make it hard to sleep. So do not run on the treadmill when you should be relaxing and preparing for bed. Also do not work your mind too hard before bed. Make sure to schedule answering emails and other work tasks at least thirty minutes before it is time to “hit the hay”. Working to close to bedtime can make your mind race when it should be calming down.

Create a Comfy Environment- Many would not think the bedroom decor would have much effect on the quality of sleep. However how a room is set up can change how a person sleeps. Having clean sheets, and blankets that are not too hot or too cold can make a difference. Also like stated previously in this article white noise machines and dark curtains can be beneficial additions to your bedroom. Also make sure pillows give your neck the support it needs. Oh and odor might also disrupt sleep so check for dirty laundry or trash that needs to be taken out, which just might solve the kid waking up in the middle of the night issue. If you have kids have them help you make their bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Keep toys organized, have them pick out blankets and curtains, etc.

Creating good sleep hygiene can make a difference on the quality of sleep you receive. If you change your habits and still suffer from insomnia speak with your doctor.  If he or she suggest melatonin supplements to help look up World Wide Labs for an all natural option. 

Tips to Prevent Jet Lag

Tips to Prevent Jet Lag

We have previously written about what jet lag is, the symptoms and how to overcome it. In this article we will discuss tips on how to prevent Jet Lag.

Arrive early. – If you need to preform at your best for an important meeting or event arrive a few days early to adjust to your new timezone. 

Get plenty of rest before your trip.  Get the rest you need before your trip. Set a good sleeping schedule.

Gradually adjust your schedule before you leave. Mayo Clinic states,“If you’re traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you’re flying west. If possible, eat meals closer to the time you’ll be eating them at your destination.”

Stay on your new schedule. Avoid sleeping until night in new area, time meals with local meals and set your watch to the new time zone. Following a schedule can help you reduce the symptoms of Jet Lag.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on the plane and during your adventure. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these can dehydrate you and dehydration can create more severe jet lag symptoms. 

Try to sleep on the plane if it’s nighttime at your destination. If it is daytime in the new location try to avoid sleeping. Though if it is nighttime in your destination try out eye masks and earplugs to block out noise and light to get a nice nap before arriving.

If you try these tips and avoid the symptoms of jet lag please share your experience in the comments below.

Source – MayoClinic.com
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Tips To Overcome Sleeping Problems

Tips To Overcome Sleeping Problems

Many adults toss and turn at night. There can be many causes for being restless. These can include loud noises, snoring, anxiety, habits, device use etc. The following are summarized expert advice on how to cope with sleeping problems.

Accept Waking Up-  Waking up in the middle of the night can be frustrating. If you accept this instead of getting annoyed with yourself you might be able to get back to sleep faster. If you lay in bed wondering what in the world you are doing awake you can make it harder to fall asleep. Simple acknowledge that you woke up and then take deep breaths to relax and drift off to dream land again.

Avoid being in bed too long- Do not just lay in bed wishing you could sleep. Instead get up and walk around a dimly lit room and get a glass of water, write in a journal or read a dull book etc to feel drowsy. Once you feel sleepy go back to bed and try to fall asleep again.  Also do not go to bed too early. Look at the time you need to wake up each morning and then count back eight hours this is the time you need to go to bed. Setting a time to wake up and a time to go to bed and sticking to a schedule can help your biological clock produce the correct amount of hormones for you to receive the sleep you need.

Set a routine- Sometimes with work hours, setting a sleeping schedule can be difficult. Instead try setting up a routine. A list of actions you do before bed. For example brushing teeth or other activities can help your body realize it is time for bed. For example reading a book to children, writing in a journal, washing your face, listening to classical music etc.  If you do have children, doing a bedtime routine with them can be beneficial.

Create a sleeping environment- If you are having trouble sleeping it might be that your bedroom is not a good sleeping environment. Avoid doing emails or other things on devices in bed. Also do not have a television in the bedroom. Things you can do to create a peaceful sleep environment can be, adding black out curtains, and white noise machines etc. If you create a sleep sanctuary it might help you wake up with a smile on your face.

Ease Distractions- Sometimes a snoring spouse or feeling overwhelmed can disrupt sleep. If your spouse is snoring have them go to a primary doctor to find the cause and cure for snoring. Or buy some earplugs. If you are feeling overwhelmed delegate your responsibilities to co-workers and family members.

Exercise- Exercise can cause an endorphin “rush” which can help reduce stress. A lower stress level can help increase sleep quality. If you exercise outside in the sunlight your body can receive vitamin D and light exposure which can help melatonin production.

Create “down” time- At least an hour before bedtime check your emails and do other things you need to do for the next day. Then take time to relax like reading an interesting book or talking with family members about the day. Just use this time to unwind to be ready fall asleep when your head hits the pillow.

Create a good foundation- Sleeping schedules and routines and tips might not be the fix all to sleeping problems. Though they can set a good foundation for creating better sleep habits in the future.

Seek help from sleep clinic- If your insomnia becomes severe remember to speak to a specialist. Sleep clinics can do tests to help you find the cause and a solution to your insomnia.  If the doctor suggest to take melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.

Source – RealSimple

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Melatonin and Pups

Melatonin and Pups

Do you have a new pup or older dog in the family? Was New Years Eve filled with whines as your little “mans best friend” hid under the bed out of fear?  Or does your dog have patches of fur falling out? If yes then melatonin supplements might help.

These supplements come in a few forms. These include tablets, liquids, capsules or powder. Plain tablet form is the most recommended for dogs simply hide it in their food.  This supplement “kicks in” with in 10-15 minutes and can last eight hours. This can be given when dog is anxious or for long period of time under direction of your vet.

 

The benefits of melatonin include:

  • Help with insomnia without causing drowsiness
  • Helps puppies who have sensitive hearing deal with “scary” noises
  • Can help regrow fur

If your puppy or old timer have these few issues speak with your veterinarian about melatonin supplements. If they agree to try this medication check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.

New Year New Sleep Habits

New Year New Sleep Habits

The New Year’s weekend is starting. Many might already have a list of things they want to try to do better in 2017.  After staying up till midnight on New Years Eve, one resolution suggestion we have is to improve your sleep and therefore improve your health with the following tips.

Turn Off Devices an Hour Before Bedtime 

We have discussed the damage blue light emitted from devices can cause to melatonin development. I know times get busy and some might feel they need to check one last email or text. Though studies have shown that the less blue light you have during the night can possibly increase your quality of sleep. One idea is to set an alarm on your cell phone of when everyone in the family should turn off the T.V. and put the devices on airplane mode and on the chargers for the night.

Avoid Late Night Snacking 

There are times where you might wake up in the middle of the night craving some ice cream or whatever you can scavenge for in the fridge. However late night eating can cause issues. Sugary snacks can act as a stimulant which  can cause racing minds and fatty foods can put a strain on the digestive system. Both of these symptoms can disrupt sleep.  If you do need a little something before heading off to dream land check out these articles for some bedtime snack suggestions, 6 Bedtime Snacks 5 Bedtime Snacks or Bedtime Beverages.

Set A Schedule 

As an adult a “Bedtime Routine” might seem juvenile. Though as “creatures of habit” a routine can be beneficial. If you have children maybe following the routine with them can be helpful for the whole family. For example having an hour of quiet time before getting ready for bed, turn off the television and other devices for the night and spend time talking as a family. Things you can add to a routine to make it more enjoyable could be everyone putting on comfy pajamas, reading a chapter from a new book, writing in a journal, doing a small 2o minute dance/exercise time etc. One of your family’s New Years resolutions could be writing out a new exciting and even visual bedtime checklist for the whole family.

Speak With A Specialist 

If you or any of your children suffer from severe insomnia it might be time to speak with a specialist. Sometimes when insomnia symptoms become to difficult to handle it is time to turn to a doctor. If he or she suggests a melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.

For other sleep tips check out our article about doctor recommended sleep aids by clicking Five Sleep Aids.

How To Recover From The Holidays

How To Recover From The Holidays

The holidays are full of excitement, stress, sugar and squished homes. These can all put a damper on sleep schedules. So how can you and your children recover from the holidays and get ready to return to the school and work schedule?

The following are some tips on how to “Return to Reality”

Decrease The Snacks 

During the holiday season a lot of neighbors drop of treats as gifts. This can be a nice gesture but make sure you or your children decrease the holiday sweet intake when it is time to return to school and work. Avoid these treats at least an hour before bedtime. For some kids and adults sugar can act like a stimulant and lead to racing minds,  which can disrupt sleep.

Turn of The Screens 

With family over and “no school” many families watch a lot of movies during the holiday break. Screen time with family is fine just make sure to click “off” all the devices at least an hour before bedtime. Blue light emitted by most devices confuses the melatonin development in the mind. This decrease in melatonin can make it harder for a child or adult to feel sleepy enough to get to bed.

Get Back to a Routine 

During the season the bedtime schedule is sometimes thrown out the window because of all the events happening. With returning to school and work, start getting back into a routine at least three days before school or work starts. Maybe even add fun new items to the bedtime schedule. For example reading a chapter a night from a book that the child received as a Christmas present, taking a bubble bath,  or getting into the cool new pajamas Grandma gave etc. Make getting ready for bed a fun checklist instead of a nightly battle.

Set Boundaries 

With all the excitement from the holidays and from receiving gifts kids might have a hard time getting to bed. Even adults might be over zealous about the cool new items they received. Set boundaries for yourself and your children. Put all “toys” away at a certain time each night preferably at least an hour before bedtime. Have a time to clean up and then have a quiet hour before bed. This will help all minds relax and produce enough melatonin to get some much needed beauty sleep.

Hopefully these tips can help you adjust back to the reality of school and work after a fun break. If you try these tips please share in the comments. If you or your child suffers with extreme sleeping problems remember to talk to your doctor. If the doctor suggests melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.

7 Things To NEVER Eat Before Bedtime

7 Things To NEVER Eat Before Bedtime

In the past we wrote these three articles on what to eat and drink to help you fall asleep. To read those click
6 Bedtime SnacksBedtime Beverages, or 5 Bedtime Snacks. This article is all about what NOT to eat before bedtime and why it can disrupt your snooze.

 

Chocolate

Even though dark chocolate is considered healthy because it contains antioxidants and magnesium it is not a good bedtime snack because it has caffeine. This ingredient is a stimulant which can disturb peaceful sleep by causing the mind to race. 

High Fat Foods

Foods with high fat digest slowly and can cause stomach pains at night. So avoid these types of food ,for example nut butter, when it is nearing bedtime.

Chilies and Spicy Foods

When made with the right ingredients chilies can be healthy. Though these and other spicy foods can cause heartburn which can kill your sleep. So at night avoid heavily spiced meals. Remember disturbed sleep can cause disturbed health.

Greasy or Fat-Filled Foods Like Pizza

Your stomach will have to do some intense work at night if you eat greasy, fatty, heavy foods. These meals can make you toss and turn at night, then make you feel like a dying turtle in the morning. Avoid fast food, ice cream or super cheesy snacks before you “Hit the sack”.

Chinese Food

Many Chinese foods contain MSG, a flavor enhancer, which can have similar effects to the body as caffeine does.  This can cause difficulty getting to sleep. Even though late night take-out is fun, avoid it to keep your sanity by getting the sleep you need.

Red and Other Meat

Large quantities of red and other meats can stay in your digestive system for a long time. If you eat a large meaty dinner this can make your system work hard at night making it hard for you to sleep. Eating large amounts of meat at night not only leads to sleep problems but can also lead to weight gain. So watch what you eat for dinner and if you do want a juicy steak or pork ribs make sure to have smaller portions and a side salad.

Celery

Celery can act like a diuretic. So unless you want to be up every twenty minutes to run to pee, we suggest not eating celery as a bedtime snack.

Remember your quality of sleep is important to your health. So even though it might be tough to avoid these delicious meals and snacks, at night, remember that it is worth it. You can enjoy these treats during the day and in small portions. Your health is priceless! If you still have trouble sleeping even after changing your bedtime snack routine remember to speak to your doctor. If he or she suggests melatonin supplements check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option.

Sources
Med India
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