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Will a Sound Machine Help You Drift Off?

The temperature in your bedroom is perfect. Your blackout curtains have been drawn shut. And you’ve just finished a cup of chamomile tea and novel that made you laugh out loud and forget about whatever was bothering you earlier in the day. You’re just about ready to drift off, and suddenly the air conditioner kicks on. Or a car alarm screeches through the night air. Or your partner sneezes. Suddenly, you’re wide-awake again. Your brain responds to noises when you’re awake and asleep. But if the interruptions wake you up, that can keep you from getting the restful shuteye that you need. When ambient noise is disrupting your sleep, white (or pink) noise can…

What to Do If You Forget Your Sleep Mask

If donning a sleep mask is a permanent part of your bedtime routine, then you know that it can be a hard habit to give up. In fact, you might even feel like you’re addicted to using it. After all, it can be quite useful. When light disrupts your zzz’s, whether it’s from your partner’s bedside lamp, a nightlight, the glow of a computer screen, or a streetlight that floods into your bedroom window, your sleep may be worsened. When it’s dark, however, your body produces more melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate your internal body clock, so you can fall asleep faster. Wearing a sleep mask ensures that as much light as possible…

Chiropractic Sleep Relief

If you can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep, there’s some good news. Booking a visit with a chiropractor won’t just soothe your achy back—it may also improve the quality of your shuteye. While chiropractors generally aren’t thought of as being experts on sleep issues, one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement. Is this treatment right for you? If it’s pain that’s keeping you awake—whether it’s back pain, neck pain or headaches—then maybe. Chiropractic care helps alleviate discomfort and improve relaxation and blood flow. So if a lower backache is what’s causing you to toss and turn, then it may be worth a visit. But…

Can Acupuncture Help You Sleep?

Struggling to sleep at night is frustrating, and can lead to health problems. When you think about ways to get more zzz’s, being poked with needles probably doesn’t come to mind—but perhaps it should. Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, has been linked to improved sleep and has also been shown to help treat insomnia. Are you intrigued? Check out the answers to these commonly asked questions on the topic. How Does Acupuncture Work? The fine, sterile needles that are used in acupuncture are inserted into specific points of the body that are known to stimulate nerves and muscles. (Don’t worry: Most people don’t feel any discomfort while the needles are being placed.)It is thought that the…

Can Hypnosis Help You Sleep?

Learn the surprising ways that hypnosis can help you sleep better and wake up refreshed. Hypnosis may conjure up images of people being made to quack like a duck onstage, but the reality is that it’s typically much more boring—and sleep-inducing. That’s right, hypnosis may be a helpful tool for some people who are battling a variety of sleep disorders like insomnia or sleepwalking. For people with insomnia, hypnosis may help to allow both the body and mind to relax and let go of the anxiety that not falling asleep can create. A sleepwalker, on the other hand, could learn through hypnotic suggestion to wake up when his feet hit the floor. Hypnosis may…

What Is A Cpap Machine?

Everything you need to know about this sleep apnea treatment.   After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a chance that your doctor may give you a CPAP machine as a form of treatment. It’s a little more unusual than, say, popping a pill, so understanding how it works may answer any questions that you might have and/or ease any concerns. Q: What is a CPAP Machine? A: CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The machines help people with sleep apnea breathe more easily and regularly every night while they are sleeping. A CPAP machine increases the air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you inhale. It also decreases snoring (which…

Different Types Of Sleep Aids

Prescription and non-prescription insomnia treatment options What are sleeping pills, exactly? And how do they work? Well, there are lots of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that are designed to treat insomnia and help you get more zzz’s. Even just glancing at the list might feel overwhelming! This guide, below, may help you decide with your doctor which ones are best for treating the kind—and severity—of insomnia that you are experiencing. Even OTC treatments should be used under a doctor’s supervision, especially since matching the right treatment to the right individual is complex. And you may want to first try lifestyle changes, such as improving your sleep habits, exercising daily, or trying cognitive behavior…

Get The Facts on Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids

An insider’s guide to sleep aids Does this sound familiar? You exercise regularly, avoid caffeine, and ease into bed with a soothing shower and a good book, yet you still spend half the night counting sheep. If that sounds like a regular bedtime routine for you, chances are you’ve considered taking an over-the-counter sleep aid. But before you browse the pharmacy aisles, get the lowdown on which over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aid does what (and which you should skip) with this guide. Melatonin: Your sleep/wake cycle is partly controlled by a hormone called melatonin, which is available in supplement form. Taking melatonin may help you fall asleep and can be used to recover from…

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,…