How to keep a sleep journal.

writing2It may seem an odd thing to say, but managing sleep (especially when you don’t get enough of it) is a bit like managing your money or your weight.  Making a budget or a plan starts with working out how much you’re eating/spending, or in this case sleeping, at the moment.

In this article we’re going to look at how to keep a sleep journal.  Keeping a sleep journal will help you understand what might be causing you problems where sleep is concerned – whether your problems are insomnia related or sleep disorders such as tiredness or night terrors. Continue reading

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Why am I so tried all the time? Sleep debt and the dangers it poses.

Chronic insomnia and the dangers of sleep debt.When we lose a little sleep here and there, we often don’t think much of it.  A late night at a party or an early morning rise for work or travel are just part of everyday life. And missing a bit of sleep here and there can’t really be making you so tired can it?

This missing sleep is called sleep debt.  Like any sort of debt it’s not a good thing and it’s what we’re going to look at in this article.

Other reasons for chronic tiredness can be found in the article in the link. Continue reading

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Lucid Dreaming – take charge and enjoy your dreams.

Lucid dreaming - how to take charge of your dreams and enjoy them.Dreams are mysterious creatures.  We often feel a sense of frustration when we can’t control what’s going on and wake feeling sad or frightened, or annoyed that we couldn’t make a good dream last for longer.

Lucid dreams let you take charge of the action so that you can enjoy your dreams and make them work for you.  But how can you get into lucid dreaming?

That’s what we’re going to look at in this article. Continue reading

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Dreaming – what is it all about?

Dreaming 101.Dreams have fascinated us since the dawn of time.  Some people swear they don’t dream and some say they have dreams that foretell the future.  Most of us are just confused by our dreams and wonder what they’re all about.

There are also many famous dreamers – Joseph from the bible, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, Hitler and Joan of Arc were said to have spent a lot of time analysing their dreams and those of others and using them as guidance in their daily lives.

And there are many theories about dreams (think of Freud, Jung and other scientists and psychologists) because no one can agree what purpose they serve.

  • What happens when we dream?
  • And what if you don’t dream?
  • Are we the only species that dream?
  • What examples are there of common dreams and what they mean?
  • How do you keep a dream diary?

We’re going to look at these 5 questions in this article. Continue reading

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How To Quit Sleeping Pills

How to quit sleeping pills. For good.There are primarily two types of problems we encounter – acute and chronic. Acute problems are the ones that appear all of a sudden, are resolved quickly somehow, and then become a non-issue. Chronic problems normally start out as acute – but they linger.

Often a chronic problem can linger for so long that it becomes normal for you. For many of us, that chronic problem is insomnia. And for many of us, lack of restful sleep becomes normal, but we find a way to soldier on in spite of it.

For those of us with a chronic insomnia issue, the most common way to manage the condition is with a sleeping pill. Often, taking a sleeping pill is the only way we can get any rest, and taking a pill becomes a prerequisite to sleep. This post is for those people.

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Treatments With Bed Bug Sprays

All about bed bug spray treatments.Bed bugs are small insects that generally hide in the seams of mattresses and also in sofas and come out at night in order to feed on the blood of their sleeping victims. Bed bugs can also be found near baseboards as well as any other crevice that they can find. Individuals typically become aware of the presence of bed bugs only after they start to see itchy and red bumps on their skin after a night of sleep. Once a person has the confirmation that they have a bed bug problem in their house or their apartment, they must seek to receive a treatment featuring spray and dust. Bed bugs are very difficult to locate and thus to kill.

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Will an Adjustable Bed Help Me Sleep Better?

Adjustable twin beds from Abberley Adjustable Beds.

Some physical problems such as back pain, arthritis and obesity can prevent good quality sleep.  One of the best ways to find a more comfortable sleeping position with these conditions could be by using an adjustable bed.

The examples here are from the Best Adjustable Beds Guide – see:

www.best-adjustable-beds-guide.co.uk.

Although there is little scientific research into whether adjustable beds help a person to better sleep, comfort is subjective.  So the short answer to the question posed by the article title is ‘try one and see’.  That might seem flippant but we’ll look at some of the advantages and limitations of adjustable beds as well as what to look for before you buy so that you can be confident that you’re spending wisely.

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Choosing a Mattress and Bedding for Babies and Children.

This is another topic on which there’s a lot of information for parents.  Here we hope to boil it down to the essential parts so that you don’t have to wade through a lot of conflicting advice.

We’re going to look at:

  • Choosing a mattress.
  • Mattress protectors – do you need one and what type?
  • Choosing pillows.

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Night-Time Teeth Grinding. What is it and What can be Done About it?

Why do I grind my teeth in my sleep?

Grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth when you sleep is called sleep bruxism.  You may not be aware that you do it, so symptoms are:

  • Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Increased sensitivity of the teeth
  • Your bed partner or roommate complains that the noise wakens them
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw tiredness
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Damage to the tongue or inside of the cheek from chewing.

Some of these symptoms may be picked up by your dentist but you should see your doctor/dentist if you suspect you have sleep bruxism.

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Night Terrors – What are They?

Night terrors, also called sleep terrors, are a parasomnia.  Parasomnia is a sleep problem whereby you have unwanted events happening while you sleep.

What happens during a night terror?

People who experience night terrors will often sit upright in bed and let out a blood curdling scream or shout a lot.  They may also kick, punch and thrash about. The heart will be racing, they’ll be sweaty and breathing heavily.  But they’re asleep.

  • The eyes will be wide open and, to their bed partner or roommate, they will appear very frightened.
  • Some people get out of bed and try to escape the dream and can injure themselves or others in the process.
  • When someone tries to wake them (which can be quite hard to do), they will feel confused and not know what’s been going on, or have much memory of what the dream was.
  • It can take some time for the person to calm down and feel reassured enough to go back to sleep.

These bulleted points above are what separate a night terror from REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder.

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