Sleep Disorders affect over 70 Million Americans Sleep disorders are not rare. They are actually common and many may actually suffer from a sleep disorder or other sleep issue and not even be aware of it. Signs of a Sleep Disorder or Sleep Issue Taking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep Feeling tired or irritable during the day even though you got seven to eight hours of sleep Waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back asleep Needing long naps
Article of the Week Have you ever fallen asleep while driving? Have you ever driven while drinking or drunk? You may actually be surprised that while driving drunk is a huge no for most everyone and almost everyone knows that it is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous, driving tired can be just as dangerous. Read more here.
Guided Meditation To prepare for guided meditation, turn off all of your electronics. You will, of course, need one to listen to your meditation guide, but there's no need to watch this, listening will work perfectly. For this technique, start your guide video or audio, turn off the screen so it is dark and lay in your bed. Relax and stretch out and take three deep breaths. It's okay if your mind wonders during your meditation but try to bring it back into focus and concentrate on your breaths
Excessive Sleepiness What is it? Excessive sleepiness is feeling very tired or drowsy during the day. It is often confused with fatigue, but they are different struggles. Excessive Sleepiness vs Fatigue Fatigue is dealing with low energy. You can be physically, mentally, or emotionally fatigued. This is usually a result of either a medical condition or overusing your body or mind. Excessive Sleepiness makes you feel so tired that it ends up interfering with your daily life.
Insomnia We've talked about insomnia over the past couple of days. Many times people will go undiagnosed with a sleep disorder, feeling that they're just a light sleeper, or that they just don't need a lot of sleep to function. The truth is that you do need sleep. Your body cannot function correctly without enough sleep and it is very rare for a person to actually need under 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Many common signs of insomnia are
Nutrition Nutrition is one of the key parts of being healthy and keeping your body on track to get the sleep it needs. Getting a good night's sleep involves so many factors including having a good diet. This recipe is amazing if you are suffering from Insomnia. Berry Smoothie 1/4 cup frozen strawberries 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup spinach 1/2 banana A handful of walnuts 2 tbsp raw honey Why This smoothie is perfect for great sleep
The Key to Understanding is Knowledge When you are facing a sleep disorder the key to dealing this them is education. You must do research, consult with doctors, a sleep specialist, and peers who are also dealing with your condition. We're talking about Insomnia today. Here is a great read that we found full of great information. https://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/content/what-is-insomnia
What is Narcolepsy? Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder, stemming from the brain’s inability to regulate periods of sleep and wakefulness (Michael Breus, Ph.D., ABSM). Most of the time those who suffer from Narcolepsy will feel that they are rested and ready for the day but then will become extremely tired throughout the day and may fall asleep involuntarily. Symptoms of Narcolepsy Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is exactly what it sounds like, being