Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oh Sleepless Night


Here at A Sleep Easy we wish everyone a Happy Holiday season.   We hope that we have given you some insight into sleep problems and alternative natural choices for treatment.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting my site.  Kat


Oh Sleepless Night, the moon is full and grinning




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It is the night that I can’t get some sleep.


Long lay my head in thoughts and worries a spinning


Till day appears my eyes they will weep.





I’ve tried to cope while Christmas Day falls near


Help me sleep, this cold and winter night


I fall on my knees and I wipe a single tear


Oh night of mine, the dawn is within my sight


Oh night, Oh sleepless night, Oh night of mine


Oh, night, Oh sleepless night, Oh night of mine




If you experience sleepless nights due to worry, stress and anxiety due to financial issues, relationships, work and thoughts of your life spinning out of control maybe it is time to step back and assess your life before your occasional sleepless night becomes chronic insomnia. It is important to find the cause of your sleeplessness early as a prolonged experience may become a habit that will be harder to stop. Insomnia symptoms are having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, falling back to sleep after waking, groggy upon waking and tired during the day.

Many find it difficult to let go of their racing thoughts when laying down trying to fall asleep easy at night. If you try not to think of all the things you have to do…you will. Just like trying to forget a song that continually replays in your head, forcing yourself to fall asleep will fail as it suppose to be a natural process which is just expected to happen. When you try to relax you may find yourself thinking random thought and only get frustrated and more awake in the process. Some nights you may find your mind is empty of thoughts but your body is unable to relax.

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It is important that you wind down prior to going to bed by establishing a bedtime routine. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up the same time every day is one habit that will prepare your body and mind for sleep. Limit caffeinated beverages by the afternoon, this also includes weight loss products and energy drinks/bars as they are also full of caffeine. Eating too close to bedtime might cause indigestion/heart burn which makes it hard to fall asleep or acid reflux will cause you to wake up during the night. If you need a light snack right before bed try to stick to foods that are loaded with tryptophan, Tryptophan will help your body produce melatonin a hormone that controls your internal body's clock and sleep/wake cycle.

Exercise is important, but working out at night will affect your ability to sleep because it takes awhile to slow your heart rate and body temperature down. The best time of day to exercise is in the morning or early afternoon. You may not be able to sleep because you have too much light in your room either from outside street lights or your TV, video games, computer and even blue LEDs from electronics. See more on blue LEDs in the last article: Cant Sleep. Also doing your work, watching a movie or video game will only keep you up past your bed time as it is a good idea to concentrate on your room being used for one thing…sleep.

You might consider a natural sleep supplement like Tryptophan, valerian, hops, cat nip, GABA or Kava Kava. Some are better for anxiety while others can cause drowsiness. You might find a combination of these herbs will work better for you. Herbal supplements are available at your local health food stores, pharmacy or online. Make sure you discuss with your doctor your sleep problems as he may have other alternative treatments or recommend a sleep specialist depending on the cause. The content in Oh Sleepless Night is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for your sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional. Tell your doctor before taking any supplement like Tryptophan Supplements to Sleep Easy, as it may have an interaction with other medications or health issues.
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