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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. 

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.

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.

What is Jet Lag?

What is Jet Lag?

In the past we have written articles about how to overcome jet lag which you can read by clicking
Travel and The Body Clock

This article is all about what Jet lag is and what the main symptoms and causes are.

Mayo Clinic defines Jet lag as,”Jet lag, also called jet lag disorder, is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones.”  Our bodies have biological clocks that tell us when to be awake and when to be asleep. Our bodies become accustomed to the timezone in which we live. It adjusts to the sunlight and darkness hours. When we travel to a new timezone our body becomes confused at the new light schedule and sends incorrect melatonin signals which can cause the effects of jet lag.  

There are several side effects of jet lag. The most common symptoms are the following.

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usual level
  • Stomach problems, constipation or diarrhea
  • A general feeling of not being well
  • Mood changes
  • Disturbed sleep — such as insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness

There are different causes of jet lag. These include disruption to your circadian rhythms, the influence of sunlight and airline cabin pressure and atmosphere.

 

Disruption to Circadian Rhythms

Your body has an internal clock that has a set sleeping schedule. When traveling to new time zones the body can become confused with the new light and darkness schedule. This disruption can cause jet lag symptoms.

Mayo Clinic shared this example.
“If you leave New York on a flight at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and arrive in Paris at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, your internal clock still thinks it’s 1:00 a.m. That means you’re ready for bed just as Parisians are waking up.  And because it takes a few days for your body to adjust, your sleep-wake cycle, along with most other body functions, such as hunger and bowel habits, remains out of step with the rest of Paris.” 

This biological clock disruption is one of the biggest causes of jet lag.

The Influence of Sunlight

The body has specific signals of when to release melatonin. Your eyes have certain cells in your retina that transmit light signals to your brain. When there is a lot of light the brain is told to release very small amounts of melatonin. When it is dark the brain is told to release larger amounts of melatonin to the body to signal tiredness. You can ease this cause of jet lag by exposing yourself to daylight as much as possible to adjust to the new timezone.

 

Airline Cabin Pressure and Atmosphere

The most interesting causes of jet lag symptoms is the effect of the airplane. Some studies show that the high altitudes and cabin pressures can cause discomfort despite how many time-zones are crossed. Humidity levels are also very low in airplanes which can cause slight dehydration if a person does not drink enough water. This small dehydration can cause feelings of jet lag.

With several causes of jet lag one might ask how to get over it. As mentioned in the beginning of the article we have posted about tips and tricks and to read those click Jet Lag Tips.

 

Jet lag is temporary, though if you are a frequent traveler it might be beneficial to speak with your doctor or visit a sleep specialist to avoid the symptoms of jet lag. If your doctor suggests melatonin supplements to help ease the pain of jet lag check out World Wide Labs for an all natural option and the Jet Lag Kit.

If you travel and try melatonin supplements and it helps you, please share your timezone adventure in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

5 Sleeping Aids Recommended By Doctors

5 Sleeping Aids Recommended By Doctors

 

Getting to sleep can be a challenge at times. Here is a list of 5 Doctor recommended sleeping aids, when to use them and how.

Aromatherapy

This tip is best when you are sleepy but tense. To use arometherapy massage a small amount of aroma-therapeutic oil or balm on shoulders and neck and then breathe deeply before you lay your head down.  Studies show that lavender and lemon balm have relaxing properties. Though any fragrance you find calming can do the trick.

 

Valerian Tea

This drink is best used when you get enough sleep but still feel drowsy in the morning.  Sip a cup of this tea an hour before you hit the sack. Some studies show that Valerian can possibly increase a drinker’s quality of sleep. Do not take for more than two weeks at a time. Prolonged use can cause dependency. Also this tea can create problems with some Rx medications. So speak with a doctor before trying out Valerian.

 

GABA-enhanced Drinks or Food 

This little trick is best when your mind is racing. GABA stands for Gamma-aminobutyric acid. This chemical is an acid found in our bodies and studies have shown that it can calm the mind when taken orally.

You can buy GABA shots or you can try eating GABA enhanced foods during the day such as brown rice, bananas and mackarel. Eating these in the a.m. might help ease your mind in the p.m.

 

Melatonin Supplement

Use this natural supplement when you do not feel tired until late at night. About 15 to 20 minutes before bed take a 3mg tablet of melatonin. For an all natural option check out http://melatonin.com/.  Our minds produce melatonin naturally to signal the body it is time for bed. Though many people have suppressed melatonin levels because of over light exposure from computers and other devices at night. Always speak with your doctor before trying any supplements.

Prescription Medication

If insomnia becomes a chronic problem it is time to talk to your doctor and possibly receive a prescription. Be patient with yourself and your doctor as finding the right medication takes time.

If you try any of these sleep aids and they help please share your story in the comments below.

Source – CNN Health

 

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