Why Sleep Is Important and What To Do If You Have Insomnia!

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It’s important to get a good night’s sleep because not sleeping can effect everything you do.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute the way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping.

During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain.

If you are sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change.

Unfortunately, there are many people who have insomnia and have tried many things that don’t seem to work.

Some people think that drinking alcohol at bed time is a good idea, but it’s not.

You definitely do not want to self medicate with alcohol because instead of helping you sleep, alcohol can disrupt your sleep pattern and cause insomnia.

Alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, it also contributes to poor quality sleep later according to the sleep foundation.

Here are some other things you may want to try:

  • Sip Chamomile tea before bed
  • Drink a cup of warm milk and honey before bed
  • Take a bath before bed and put a little Lavender oil in the bath water
  • Take a magnesium supplement, as magnesium helps you relax (check with your doctor first)
  • Open your window, maybe you need some fresh air.
  • Weight train early in the day 
  • Meditate

Here’s a short, informative insomnia video from the brain doctor, Dr. Amen:

Check out this video about sleeping and heart disease risk factors:

Watch the video below, to see what helps because at times I’m a worrier:

Perhaps, you need the assistance of a “Sleep Whisperer“.

A Sleep Whisperer is someone who uses the technique called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response or ASMR.

“ASMR is a “tingling sensation in your head and neck after triggers like repetitive movements or whispering. Most people describe the tingling as very relaxing, even pleasurable” according to WebMD.

Sleep whisperers create videos where they are not only speaking, but also creating tapping, brushing, pouring and whispering sounds.

Oh maybe, you’re a “Short Sleeper”.

A short sleeper is someone that requires very little sleep at night.

Because of a genetic mutation, short sleepers are unable to sleep longer than a couple of hours, and are still fully rested when they wake up.

Even on vacation, they wake up after four hours or less.

They are considered night owls and early birds, which for “Short Sleepers”  is normal!

Here are some other traits of a “Short Sleeper”:

  • No need for alarm clock
  • Rarely yawn
  • Caffeine not required
  • Naps unnecessary 
  • Not sleep deprived
  • No negative health effects
  • Never tired
  • Very active

Less than 1% of the population is made up of short sleepers.

The difference between short sleepers and insomniacs is that short sleepers don’t require much sleep, while insomniacs have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night, which can effect health.

If you try any of these suggestions and still have trouble sleeping, speak to your doctor.

What’s your secret for getting a good night’s sleep? Please share!

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