Better Night's Sleep... a few good tips!
If you snore at night, it a sign that you have constricted airways that are inhibiting the amount of oxygen you are getting while you are sleeping. So, not only does snoring contribute to insomnia in anyone who sleeps with you, it also interferes with the quality of your own sleep.
If you snore really loudly, you may have a problem with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the throat closes down completely making it impossible to breathe while sleeping. This starves your tissues for oxygen, which can cause you to wake up after about a minute of not breathing, shift positions and go back to sleep. The problem is that you are not aware that you are waking up numerous times a night starved for oxygen.
Sleep apnea doesn't just interfere with your sleep; it is dangerous. Not only does it stress your heart and increase your risk of heart disease, you risk dying in your sleep from oxygen starvation. If you snore very loudly, get checked for sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea, medical help may be necessary to ensure you get enough oxygen for a sound night's sleep. To protect your heart, trying taking one Co-Q10 and four hawthorn capsules at bedtime.
Factors that can contribute to snoring and sleep apnea include excess weight, swollen lymph nodes, sinus congestion or any inflammation of the mucus membranes. SnorEase or Seasonal Defense may help shrink swelling of inflamed mucus membranes, reduce sinus congestion and swollen lymph nodes and otherwise help to open respiratory passages. Food and respiratory allergies may be a factor, so screen yourself for allergy-causing foods. High doses of Citrus Biofalvonoids With Vitamin C (2,000-3,000 milligrams per day) can help to counteract histamine reactions if allergies are a factor. Weight loss and colon cleansing are also helpful.
Sleep Tip #8: Quiet Your Mind
If you are one of those people who lie awake at night unable to get your mind to "shut-up" so you can go to sleep, here are some suggestions for quieting your mind for a better night's sleep. First, before going to bed, get a pad of paper and write down your to-do list for the next day. This helps you "get it off your mind" so you can relax. It may also help to have a journal that you write in each evening, allowing you to express things on paper so you can let go of them.
A second technique to quiet your mind is to breathe deeply as you lie in bed and focus on relaxing your body. Starting with your toes and working your way up to your head, tense your muscles and then let them relax. Imagine them sinking into the bed. Focus your mind on your breathing or mentally reciting a positive statement such as "l am relaxed" or "All is well."
If you are still having trouble getting your mind to quiet down, GABA Plus or Passion flower may be helpful. Take these supplements about one hour before bedtime. If you are easily distracted by small things (such as a dripping faucet or other small noises), try taking wo capsules of Magnesium Complex, emptying the contents under your tongue about one hour before bedtime. Let the magnesium sit in your mouth for ten to fifteen seconds before washing it down with some water.
Sleep Tip #9: Reduce Your Stress Level
Since stress is a major factor in sleep problems, reducing your stress level during the day can help you sleep better at night. If you are tired during the day, but have poor quality of sleep at night, you may be suffering from adrenal exhaustion. Symptoms of tired adrenals include fatigue, mental confusion and emotional sensitivity during the day, followed by restless sleep with disturbing dreams. You may also need to wake up frequently to urinate.
One of the best remedies for is Nervous Fatigue Formula. Taking four capsules of the regular Nervous Fatigue Formula or one capsule of the concentrated formula two to three times per day (including at bedtime) will often have people sleeping more soundly within three to four nights.
For more serious adrenal exhaustion, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Adrenal Support may be helpful. A typical dose is one capsule two to three times daily, including one at bedtime.
In addition, it is very important for people suffering from too much stress to avoid sugar and caffeine as these make the problem worse. You may need to reduce your workload, or at least make more time for R&R (rest and relaxation).
A good therapy for people who are under a lot of stress is an Epsom salt bath. In the evening, draw a warm bath and add two cups of Epsom salt and 10-20 drops of your favorite relaxing essential oils. Lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang and patchouli are good options. Light a few candles, put on some relaxing music and turn out the lights, then soak in the warm bath for 15-20 minutes. This can really reduce nervous stress and prepare you for a better night's sleep.
Sleep Tip #10: Balance Your Blood Sugar
If you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about your problems and unable to get back to sleep, this can be a sign of blood sugar problems. What is happening is that your blood sugar is dropping too low in the middle of the night and your adrenal glands are firing off stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) to elevate your blood sugar. Avoiding sugar, white flour products, alcohol and caffeine will help. Take two Licorice root and two Super Algae with breakfast and lunch to stabilize your blood Sugar. Also eat a small protein-rich snack at bedtime, such as a couple of tablespoons of almond butter, peanut butter or cottage cheese or a few raw walnuts.
By theway, bed-wetting in children can often be a sign of blood sugar problems or dehydration. If you have a child with bedl-wetting problems, try keeping your child away from refined carbohydrates and giving him/her licorice root to stabilize his/her blood sugar levels. Magnesium Complex and cornsilk may also be helpful for bed-wetting.
Sleep Tip #11 : Stay Hydrated
Not drinking enough water can make you feel anxious and tense. Proper hydration calms the brain and promotes better sleep.
Try drinking at least 1/2 ounce of pure water per pound of body weight per day. In other words, two quarts (64 ounces) is the right amount of water for a 128 pound person.
If you have a problem with waking up to urinate, drink more water during the day, but not a lot of water in the evening. You may also need to take something to strengthen your kidneys, such as KB-C or work on your adrenals and blood sugar.
Sleep Tip #12: Be Physically Active
A sedentary lifestyle will also cause problems with sleep. We need physical activity and rest, so if you work at a desk job and then watch TV when you get home, you may need to become physically active in order to sleep better. Take a walk, dance, swim, ride a bike, lift weights or otherwise engage your muscles 15-20 minutes per day to improve your sleep.
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