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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…

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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…

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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 off treats as gifts. This can be a nice gesture but make sure you or…

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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…

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Five Bedtime Beverages to Help You Snooze

Five Bedtime Beverages to Help You Snooze

Last month we had an article on Five Bedtime Snacks To Help You Sleep. This article is all about bedtime beverages that can soothe your mind to help you drift off to dream land. Bedtime Beverages and their Benefits  Natural Tea Brew- Simmering three to four lettuce leaves for 15 minutes and adding mint leaves can be a calming natural tea. Lettuce has lactucarium a natural chemical which has a sedative affect. Sipping this brew might help you ease into sleep.  Cherry Juice…

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Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

Can Melatonin Supplements Cause Weird Dreams?

There have been conversations at the breakfast table of family members sharing stories of the strange dreams they had the night before. Dreams happen because of Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep. It is when the brain is most active during sleep. this brain scan shows the difference in activity between NREM and REM sleep. The Huffington Post wrote a news article about how and why melatonin supplements can increase the vividness and strangeness of dreams. (Dream Article) This article…

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Eight Sleeping Tips

Eight Sleeping Tips

Are you up at night staring at the ceiling wishing you could fall asleep? Or are you so stressed about the next day that you are too wired to lay down your head and dream? If you have these struggles here are Eight Tips to help you sleep better. One Stick to A Schedule. Set a schedule of when to go to sleep and when to wake up each day. Work to stay on this schedule and your body will…

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No Screens Before Bedtime

No Screens Before Bedtime

In this digital world many families spend too much time watching T.V or playing on tablets and smartphones. These are not evil devices though they can cause damage to health. “A  child needs eight hours of peaceful sleep daily to remain fit and active. Excessive addiction to mobile phones distracts the mind and disturbs his or her sleep-wake cycle.” (DailyMail) With this distraction causes a decrease in melatonin, this is the natural chemical in the brain that is released to…

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Get Out of Your Seasonal Slump

Get Out of Your Seasonal Slump

While no one knows the exact cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder some hypotheses include that your circadian rhythm or your melatonin levels are off (Mayo Clinic). The most common and effective treatments is exposure to bright light in the morning.  However taking melatonin may also help stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder is to take melatonin. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health “taking melatonin at the correct time of day . . . more than doubled…

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Can Melatonin Help Your Dog?

Can Melatonin Help Your Dog?

Is your dog afraid of loud noises? Does your dog experience stress, separation anxiety, trouble sleeping, or seizures? Melatonin might be the answer for your beloved pet. Melatonin has been shown to help calm and relax dogs (Vet Blog). Melatonin has also been used to treat insomnia and separation anxiety. Melatonin can help “reset” a circadian rhythm which is the internal body clock that tells your dog when to sleep and when to wake up. Very few side-effects have been…

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