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How to Deal With Pregnancy Insomnia

Some people like to quip that insomnia during pregnancy trains your body for the sleep deprivation that occurs once you have a baby who cries and needs to be fed during the night. Whether that’s true or not, it doesn’t make the tossing and turning any less miserable. Insomnia during pregnancy can crop up for many reasons: hormonal changes, heartburn, frequent urination, anxiety about giving birth, or even just not being able to find a comfortable position. These are some key ways to get the zzz’s that you need.What’s Keeping You Up: Baby WorriesTry this: Set the stage for sleep. It’s natural to feel nervous about the major way your life is going…

What's Causing My Insomnia

Chronic insomnia often occurs with (and could potentially be caused by) other health problems. Insomnia. In short, it’s complicated. One of the most common medical complaints, insomnia itself is a complex condition that’s often related to other serious issues.  Defining Insomnia Insomnia is defined as a sleep disorder that disturbs not only a person’s ability to sleep at night, but also his or her ability to function during the day. Someone who suffers from insomnia will find it difficult to fall asleep and/or stay asleep at night, and during the day he or she may struggle with concentration or memory issues.  It is also common to worry or experience anxiety about sleep. What is…

Surprising Reasons You’re Not Staying Asleep

Learn what’s causing those middle-of-the-night wakeups so you can finally get the sleep you need. A 3:00am awakening now and again is nothing to be concerned about. But if you wake up in the middle of the night at least three times a week, and it’s been going on for at least three months, you may have what’s called sleep maintenance insomnia (a.k.a. the inability to stay asleep). With around 40 million Americans suffering from some type of insomnia—most of them women—you’ve got plenty of company. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get sounder sleep. Why Does It Happen? There are a host of reasons why you might wake up during the night and not…

How Insomnia Differs From Occasional Sleeplessness

The causes and treatments for insomnia Insomnia is a sleep disorder that disturbs not only a person’s ability to sleep at night, but also a person’s ability function during the day. Someone who suffers from insomnia will find it difficult to fall asleep and/or stay asleep at night, and during the day, the person may suffer from concentration and memory issues, fatigue, and worries about sleep. If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re not alone—some 40 million Americans experience insomnia every year, and it’s the most common sleep disorder in the U.S. What is Insomnia?Video production in partnership with

Sleep Supplements: Is it Safe to Try Them?

Best practices for using natural remedies to get the zzz’s you need Botanical, herbal, or natural sleep aids that promise to treat insomnia in tablet, capsule, powder, gel, or liquid form are appealing, no doubt. Yet they aren’t necessarily risk-free. So consider the following questions. What’s Really in There? Regulations for supplements aren’t nearly as rigorous as the ones for prescription and non-prescription drugs; there is concern that supplements may be tainted with pesticides, metals, or even drugs. What’s more, the product may not even contain the correct plant species or dose that it claims. Will it Affect Other Meds or Conditions? Other safety issues involve potential interactions with prescription drugs. Some supplements, such as St. John’s wort,…

Surprising Reasons You're Not Falling Asleep

Sick of counting sheep? Five not-so-obvious causes of sleepless nights It’s one of the more unfortunate facts of life, but everybody has an occasional sleepless night. You lie there tossing and turning, wondering what time it is, and wishing that you could just fall asleep already! Sometimes those still-wide-awake-at-3:00am moments seemingly happen for no reason at all, but other times they are due to factors that you can control. And knowing some of the reasons behind why you can’t fall asleep means that you can take steps to guarantee quicker trips to dreamland in the future.Lazy Weekend Mornings: As lovely as it is to spend some extra time in bed on Saturdays and Sundays, doing…