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5 Reasons You Should Be Sleeping Naked (For Real!)

5 Reasons You Should Be Sleeping Naked (For Real!)

In our book, ‘Finally Feeling Sexy, Happy & Healthy – A Handbook of 23 Natural Solutions to Supporting Your Healthy Hormones’ we talk about how important it is to get a great night sleep. Sleep is a top priority if you want to experience a long and healthy life – so important that the body will choose sleep over sex! That says a lot considering sex is the only way we keep the species going.

There has been a lot of buzz over the years about how important sleep when it comes to great health. Without enough sleep, our bodies just can’t take it and they begin to break down. For the vast majority of people, getting any less than seven or eight hours of sleep has been linked to a whole list of major and serious health issues. This fact is even more startling if your lack of sleep is spread out over long periods of time.

There was a study back in 2010 that was published in the Annals of Epidemiology showing that there is increased risk of both heart disease and type-2 diabetes when people regularly get less than six hours of sleep at night. This became apparent after 6 years worth of data from almost 1500 participants between the ages of 35 and 79.

“Short sleep duration was associated with an elevated risk of IFG [incident-impaired fasting glucose],” concluded the study authors. Elevated blood sugars lead to not just heart disease and diabetes, but it also leads to weight gain, which of course comes with its own risk of developing serious health conditions. 

We’ve looked into all kinds of ways to encourage better sleep. In our book ‘Secrets to Sleeping Soundly 28 Natural Solution for Getting Your Best Rest Ever,’  we outline a whole series of things that can assist in finally getting some amazing sleep. Eating right, getting some exercise and keeping the computer out of the bedroom are among them. Guess what else can help rock those zzz’s? Sleeping naked! We’re not kidding – sleeping in the nude can hep take your sleep game to the next level.

Here are five reasons dawning your birthday suit for the sheet party should be seriously considered.

 

INTIMACY

#1 – You’ll encourage greater intimacy

One of the most obvious reasons sleeping naked benefits your life is that it can hep to amplify the excitement and the intimacy between you and your partner. This excitement, even if it just stays as excitement, releases a chemical hormone called oxytocin. This little love hormone is responsible for all kinds of healthy responses in the body.

“Oxytocin can induce anti-stress-like effects such as reduction of blood pressure and cortisol levels. It increases pain thresholds, exerts an anxiolytic-like effect and stimulates various types of positive social interaction. In addition, it promotes growth and healing.” This is a statement that comes from a 2009 study published by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. So releasing oxytocin is beneficial to all kinds of health-promoting experiences!

Not to mention that intimacy can certainly play a role in playing yourself out and feeling like it’s time for a nice long rest. 

HIGH TEMP

#2 It helps you stay cool

Nobody likes tossing and turning because it gets too hot during the night. The science behind this is simple. Your core body temperature needs to be relatively cool in order to sleep well. If the room is somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit then it’s likely you’ll be in the sweet spot for a good night rest. 

There’s also certainly one great way to cool down and save on those crazy air conditioning bills – kick off the socks! All you need at that point is a thin sheet or maybe a light blanket and you’re off to dreamland!

 

ALLEVITATE INSOMNIA

#3 You may help to alleviate insomnia 

There is a growing body of research that indicates some relief to sufferers of insomnia by regulating sleep temperature. Dr. Cameron Van den Heuvel was involved in a 2009 study by the Univerisity of South Australia’s Centre for Sleep Research and he concludes, 

“Temperature regulation is a significant factor in each of the two types of insomnia. The difference is when the insomnia occurs. People with sleep onset insomnia have difficulty initiating sleep at the beginning of the night, taking two to four hours each night in the worst cases; while people with sleep maintenance insomnia fall asleep easily but have trouble staying asleep, waking up multiple times during the night… In both types of insomnia, sleep is not restful and sufferers are tired during the day.” 

He then goes on to add, 

“Studies of sleep onset insomniacs show that they consistently have a warmer core body temperature immediately before initiating sleep when compared with normal healthy adults. This results in a state of heightened arousal that prevents them from falling asleep when they go to bed, probably because they have to wait for their bodies to lose the heat that’s keeping them awake. We’re only talking about a half to one degree but that small temperature change can result in significant differences in arousal between insomniacs and people without sleeping problems.”

Sounds like if you have any issues with insomnia it could be a good idea to get rid of that duvet and ditch the pj’s to help regulate your temperature and get a better night’s rest.

 

RELIEVE STRESS

#4 Might be a great stress reliever

Because sleeping naked can help boost those love hormones like we mentioned above, it’s also helping to lower your stress hormone levels at the same time. Cortisol, commonly referred to as the stress hormone, plays a major role in some serious health problems when it becomes unbalanced. These conditions can be as serious as weight gain and a compromised immune system due to increased stress.

Cortisol levels are naturally lower during the night while you’re sleeping and then they slowly rise again to get you ready for another day. The problem arises when sleep is cut too short and the cortisol levels don’t have a chance to lower again before you wake up. 

As mentioned above, one way to help make sure you don’t wake too often or too early is to keep your body at an optimum temperature – thus sleeping naked.

LOOK AND FEEL YOUNGER

#5 You can keep yourself looking and feeling younger

A variety of sleep hormones, like the anti-aging sleep-promoting melatonin, are released during sleeping hours. These are the types of hormones that can help serve to keep us looking and feeling young. Getting those seven to eight hours of sleep is the best way to encourage these growth hormones and leads the way for a great night’s rest.

As we have been mentioning, sleeping naked definitely won’t hurt the situation at all – it can clearly help quite a bit! Additionally, sleeping naked gives your skin a chance to breathe more making you less susceptible to skin breakouts. Women can also benefit by possibly lowering the chances of yeast infection as the vagina is kept cool and dry. 

There’s also the bonus of less laundry to do! Keep those pj’s in the drawer! 

So, even though it may sound a bit strange, try ditching the pj’s for a bit and see if you get a better sleep. You might just be surprised at the results!!

Here’s to your highest health and your best self.

Love,

 

[Video] The Biology of Belief

TAKING THE INFLUENCE OVER OUR BIOLOGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Have you ever heard the name, Bruce Lipton?

If you have, amazing.

It’s likely you have blown away all misconceptions about the power our beliefs have in shaping our lives.

Your life is certainly changing in front of your eyes, even with just a glimmer of understanding.

If you haven’t heard of him, here’s your chance to get acquainted with a persona that has helped the nature of who we are and how we operate become ever more clear.

Bruce Lipton pioneered a scientific movement back in the 1970’s when genetics was becoming a huge buzzword in the world of biosciences.

Everyone back then was completely convinced that our genes control our entire destiny.

They believed that if you were predisposed with a certain set of genes, let’s say a set of genes pointing to pancreatic cancer, for instance, that you were simply a ticking clock just waiting to strike high noon spelling disaster for the pancreas. 

It’s this mechanical paradigm that is completely turned on its head in Lipton’s work.

He was the first person in his scientific circle to talk about how the environment is what shapes us, not genes.

He has shown this in his lab over and over again through a simple test.

He can take genetically identical cells and place them in different Petri dishes.

Then he adds a different set of growing conditions in each dish. 

The cells begin to create more of themselves based solely on the medium!

One group of cells turn into cartilage, another muscle, and another neurological tissue. The only difference in the conditions was the environment these cells were placed into. This is the beginning of the field of ‘epigenetics’ or how the environment is the key to unlocking the power of our genetics.

The only difference in the conditions was the environment these cells were placed into. This is the beginning of the field of ‘epigenetics’ or how the environment is the key to unlocking the power of our genetics.

This is the beginning of the field of ‘epigenetics’ or how the environment is the key to unlocking the power of our genetics.

Basically, this shows how our genes are the physical stuff in our body, kind of like light switches, that are turned on or off depending on the conditions they are presented. If the environment is full of whole and healthy circumstances and situations that allow for our abundant growth, these are the types of things the body will begin to create, even if our genetic dispositions are a little shaky. If on the other

If the environment is full of whole and healthy circumstances and situations that allow for our abundant growth, these are the types of things the body will begin to create, even if our genetic dispositions are a little shaky. If on the other

If on the other hand we are not in a great environment, an environment that is conducive to providing the sustainable set of circumstances our body needs to be healthy and well, then it really doesn’t matter what kind of genetic makeup we have, the body cannot sustain itself under these conditions. 

It gets even more remarkable when it comes to how we view the world and the power of our minds to create our experiences.

The way we look at life is directly related to the way we experience life.

The video below is for you to watch Dr. Lipton describe in detail the inner workings of his findings.

He shows us how this new area of science is the foundation of a whole new way of interacting with life in positive and empowering ways.

The Biology of Perception [1:08:51]

This is really remarkable.

Hope you enjoy your newfound power of healing yourself through your own inner influences.

Here’s to your highest health and your best self,

Love,

HORMONES – THE MESSENGERS OF HEALTH

THE HORMONE HANDBOOK – RECLAIM YOUR POEWR

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Why do our bodies seem to break down and cause problems?

It doesn’t make any sense when looking at how the body works.

Science has shown over and again the power of our body to regenerate and grow back from nearly anything.

Before we can get a clear picture as to why we are experiencing many of the hormone challenges we have we need to look at a deeper issue that is just under the surface of our lives.

Have you ever wondered why we are the only creatures on Earth that seem to be having a problem understanding how to live?

Why is it that birds just ‘get it’ while we struggle to make ends meet?

Why do bees have the ability to set up shop wherever they want, and yet we have to go through the trouble of confusing social systems just to get enough resources to acquire places to rest our heads, raise families, build businesses, or run nations?

What is it about people that we just don’t ‘get it’?

Why are we having such a challenge figuring out what every other creature just seems to understand right out of the gate?

These are the questions that may initially seem ridiculous to ask.

Many people respond by saying that it’s because we are humans and we have the biggest brains.

We understand how to use tools and create technology.

The thing is, not enough people are asking these questions.

If we take a closer look at our behavior as a species, we quickly see that there is nothing about what we are doing that is anything close to resembling a natural life.

We have all but completely divorced ourselves from the natural world, currently contributing to the pandemic illnesses of our society.

It’s like we are all under a spell, asleep waiting for our savior to finally wake us from our slumber.

WHAT IS THIS PLACE ANYWAYS?

It’s rare to meet someone who is 100% healthy.

In fact, it’s very unlikely any of us ever has.

When we break things down to the levels of hormone health, especially in North America, there is a very slim chance that things are all in balance and working as they should. 

We are all systematically indoctrinated into a way of life that is far removed from naturally living on a planet.

If we were viewed from an outsider looking in, we would likely appear as if we’re an alien lifeform out of our respective element.

Or worse, a sickness on the planet.

Remember, we live on a planet that is a so far beyond our understanding when it comes to its functions, forms, and feelings – and thus our place within it – that it is silly to assume we know much of anything.

Until we begin again, as our native neighbors and ancestors did, to connect to the intuitive ‘inner voice’ of the heart, we will continue to flounder our resources and treat this wondrous place as if it is just a bunch of stuff we can take advantage of rather than care for wholeheartedly.

This blinded approach our culture is taking is the root of the demise of our hormone health.

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More frequently than not, this is not at all what people want to hear.

Bringing this up in conversation often induces the usual eye roll and deep sighs of pity toward the person bringing up the subject.

Personal accountability can be very challenging.

This behavior is just an automatic response triggered by years of conditioning in a system that needs this kind of reaction for it to continue functioning as it does.

We are, after all, social creatures and we all want to be included in our social circles.

Being respected and thought highly of is often a desirable quality that can quickly become momentarily unavailable if we step out of expected socio-political alignments.

So bringing up controversial issues, issues many of us often don’t have the desire to investigate, can often send us to the sidelines full of awkward glances and hand-over-mouth whispers.

The reason this reaction often occurs is two-fold. 

First, people have a hard time taking responsibility for this level of care in a world that is very much built by focussing on the opposite.

Second, the pain of our unconscious folly has to metabolize somehow, and for most, it’s just easier to ignore it and push it away rather than face it.

Again, this is another major reason for the pandemic anxiety and depression that is so prevalent in our culture today.

After all, isn’t it easier just to take a pill to suppress your natural instincts and their communication from the body?

Isn’t it more socially appropriate to turn a blind eye to the injustices we see happening to our planet, our neighbors, our children, and to ourselves?

This backward view is, again, at the root of our health issues, especially regarding hormones.

AUTOMATIC ECOCIDE

It certainly doesn’t make it any better to watch the events happening on the world stage with people subjecting us to all kinds of ecocide.

As of the writing of this article, there are numerous atrocities happening all across the nation that affects every area of our lives.

From the disposal of toxic waste to the over-farming of our land we have a lot of work to do just in our own backyard to make sure that we are leaving our ourselves, our children and our grandchildren with a healthy place to live.

This is not even mentioning the challenges presented in areas of the world that are less likely to hold the nation accountable for these atrocities.

Many parts of the world are still continually degenerating, like in many regions where, in the morning, household garbage burning takes place in the backyard of the average homeowner, or in others where clear cutting ancient forests at the rate of 1 football field per minute is an acceptable practice.

These processes are not even considered as locally problematic because it is often happening in the limelight of business.

Big business has to make profits and profits tie in directly to growth.

Growth is often only able to continue by consuming more and more by increasingly vast numbers of people.

Therefore, ecocide – the perpetual killing off of entire ecosystems – is now simply an automatic function of business as usual.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHO, AND WHAT, YOU ARE?

Why have we gone so astray?

Why have we forgotten the sacred rule of Unity, the notion that we are all one big organism?

It would be ludicrous to allow someone to come up to us and allow them to drain our lymphatic fluid just to fuel a pencil sharpener, or to enable them to mine our bone marrow simply to make shoe laces.

Why, then, do we assume we can do the same to our planet?

We’ve all but forgotten that the Earth is alive.

Realistically, that’s the main pain point right there.

Many people in our world still believe that this planet is not alive.

We all buy into this materialist theory of science that the Earth is just a big rock hurling through space with a bunch of stuff growing on its surface.

The vast consciousness at the root of all of us, the Earth included, isn’t even considered as a possibility. So many of us are still unable to observe life as it is.

Just beyond the qualities of what we consider ‘life’ to look like, as in a moving snake or a flowering tree, there are other subtleties we never take into consideration, like bacteria, a heartbeat, or cellular functions.

The same relative process applies for the Earth as well.

We are simply not taking into consideration that Earth is part of a greater body and is operating in much the same way toward us and the solar system as a cell would function inside our body.

A cell just ‘knows’ what to do in our body in all it’s complexity much the same as a planet ‘knows’ how to function as part of the greater universe with all of its mysteries.

Many of the subtleties of living in alignment with Earths operational mysteries are just whispers in the winds of the ages, leaving most of us walking blind to what life actually looks like just outside of common sociocultural viewpoints. 

Are we thus fated to make the same mistakes and suffer the same demise of ill health as every other historical culture has?

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LOST, UNLESS WE MAKE A CHANGE…

If we turn to the ancient texts and wisdom traditions, like the Native indigenous cultures, the Vedas of India or the texts of Buddhists for instance, it is stated that even the rocks are full of life.

Even Christians have Jesus saying in Luke 19:40 – “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

There is a rare person in North America that will take a claim like this and seriously look into how it can be the case, and the rest of the world is not far behind in dropping their inquiry as well.

It’s certainly not much of a stretch to understand a lesson such as this, but it does require some education into the nature of the unseen world.

And this isn’t even a spiritual statement.

It’s a statement that relies on nothing more than physics.

Everything is all vibration and matter in motion through torsion.

Molecules and atoms, all buzzing around at head-spinning speeds, respond to the life-force inherent at the root of every single physical thing we see, rocks included.

Rock and mineral dust is part of the makeup of organic life everywhere on the planet for a reason.

Not to mention the fact that much of the Earth is made of crystalline minerals, metals, liquids and magnetic fields. 

Now, this is perhaps a bit too far down the rabbit hole for a conversation about hormone health but it helps to create a context as to why we are where we are.

The point here is to address the reasons that are just behind the veil of our everyday life and to delve deeper into the reality that we are living within.

Without an intimate relationship with the world we live in, and as, we cannot fully grasp the monstrous decline in the wellbeing and health of all of us, especially when it comes to hormones.

This is one of the cornerstone reasons we age the way we do.

Longevity is intimately tied to our connection to our immediate environment.

If our environment is not supportive of the diversity our body requires to survive and thrive then we are more likely to be continually at a loss for access to high-level health, wellness, anti-aging, and deep-seated connection to our reality. 

THE BODY NEEDS DIVERSITY IN THE ECOSYSTEM

You are truly a remarkable creature and are entitled to a life of optimum health and wellbeing.

It is only when we finally understand that we are all part of the intimate network of creatures of our planet, creatures that all need to be living in harmony, that we can claim our place in the circle of life.

The reasons so many people are not experiencing the levels of health we should be experiencing are many.

One of the main reasons is the agricultural system.

In the current scientific model of agriculture, the farmer is led to believe that cutting down the forest, then plowing the remaining areas completely bare, then seeding one kind of plant with petrochemical fertilizers and then spraying them with highly toxic pesticides and herbicides is therefore somehow going to produce the foods we need to nurture our bodies.

This is not in any way to lay blame on the farmers that are growing these foods.

They are often simply moving in the direction that the industry dictates with big agricultural companies and boards calling the shots.

This is a perfect example of how we just do what everyone else is doing because that’s how we grew up.

Even though it’s harmful, most people don’t know what the alternatives are, or that there even needs to be.

Nonetheless, our body is not designed to consume these types of plants.

Chemical agriculture is responsible for the depletion of soils, minerals, bacteria, fungi, and animals that our body REQUIRES for optimum functioning.

Our body is yearning for an opportunity to be fed foods that have been grown with a natural level of biodiversity, the opposite of what is found in modern chemical agriculture. 

This is no longer food that our body can recognize.

The biodiversity that goes into growing a just a single ear of corn or a lone stalk of wheat in a natural setting is mind boggling.

And what’s more, in the natural environment these plants are many times more nutrient dense and are naturally capable of fending off diseases, pests and other plants competing for space.

THE PRACTICE OF GREEN PHILOSOPHY

A prime example of this kind of farming is illustrated very well in the classic book ‘The Natural Way of Farming – The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy,’ by the late Japanese revolutionary farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka.

At the moment it would be hard to find a better and more comprehensive treatise on the fine art and philosophy of natural farming.

Just the casual introduction of his agricultural philosophy of ‘no action’ as well as the use of his clay ‘seed-bombs’ is enough to stir a sociocultural revolution.

If people could understand the ecosystemic implications of just one generation applying this philosophy, we would never again have a problem with the nutrient density of our foods, soil degradation, disease, pestilence, or poisoning our family and environment with toxic agricultural chemicals and GMOs.

In an ideal situation, we would all be living a similar life to the one illustrated therein.

However, it would be nice to have something to do in the meantime.

Ideally, we could turn things around in as little as one generation if we could all listen to the guidance of permacultural revolutionaries like Geoff Lawton, David Holmgren, and the late Bill Mollison. 

The urban conditioning most of us are privy to makes this lifestyle relatively unthinkable.

THE HORMONE HANDBOOK – RECLAIM YOUR POEWRVery few are willing to opt in for a life of modest farming.

And realistically, there is nothing wrong with this.

We simply need to begin engineering our urban landscapes in such a way as to inherit the ways of nature as closely as possible.

This is not something that is going to happen overnight.

This is going to take an increased effort by everyone living in these urban centers to get the initiatives in motion.

We have to demand a shift in the way our current system views biodiversity.

Every aspect of our culture will require a change in the way we are doing things.

Clearly, this is a daunting task.

The question is, what can we do in the meantime to support hormone health in the face of so many challenges from the outside world?

The first step is taking control of our immediate environment and introducing simple things that will emulate the natural world as closely as possible while still enjoying our life the way it is.

Whether you are a person living in a small room with a little window or a large estate in the country there is a plan of action that you can take right now to get yourself on the right track and living the way your body is designed to.

BOOT-OUT THE HORMONE HARASSING HELLIONS – RECLAIM YOUR POWER!

In our book, ‘Finally Feeling Sexy, Happy, and Healthy – A Handbook of 23 Natural Ways for Supporting Your Healthy Hormones,’ you’ll discover how to reclaim your power to control and influence your health in positive and natural ways.

It includes all the important points you need to know to avoid the pitfalls of a profoundly misguided system so you can boot out the hormone harassing hellions from your life and finally enjoy your power to live well.

We cover the most important hormone disrupting issues of our time.

You’ll find topics ranging from Big Pharma and its potentially toxic grip on society to the exposing of endocrine disrupting chemicals that cause all kinds of havoc in your body.

It’s time to sidestep the biggest culprits in hormone disruption, and the ill health soon to follow, by finally introducing the practices and ideas needed to help you, your friends and your family get to the bottom of what causes hormone imbalance once and for all.

There is absolutely no good reason whatsoever that the vast majority of people have to suffer the painful circumstances surrounding hormone health issues.

Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, gut-problems, depression, low sex drive, anxiety and a whole series of problems are all tied very closely to having hormone challenges.

The world is constantly increasing the output of the most common culprits in health disruption, and if you don’t get ahead of it, you too will very likely be grouped in as another statistic that ends up suffering the consequences of an ‘ill-informed’ world. 

There is simply no time to wait when it comes to this core health issue. 

Check it out for yourself by clicking on the links above or below.

You’ll be glad you did…

Here’s to your highest health and your best self.

Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HORMONE HANDBOOK – RECLAIM YOUR POEWR

Additional Resources:

Masanobu Fukuoka’s Book –

soilandhealth.org/copyrighted-book/the-natural-way-of-farming-the-theory-and-practice-of-green-philosophy/

 

The Fast Way to a New Health Revolution

Have you hopped on the cleansing train? Now it may be time to pick up speed and go fast.

Fasting on liquids or nothing at all may be the best cleanse there is, and it’s a lot safer and easier than people think.

From Moses to Hippocrates to Jimmy Kimmel, fasting is making a comeback.

Nutritional dogma is challenged with clear evidence of the paramount health benefits of fasting and the surmounting evidence of its contribution to longevity. The latest research sheds new light on calorie restriction, discipline and over eating, and how this hot topic is not welcomed by big pharma and the medical community that endorse eating three meals a day and drugs for conditions the body can heal itself. In the ancient yogic texts it clearly states, a yogi eats once a day, a healthy normal person eats twice a day, a sick person eats three meals a day, and a crazy person eats all day.

In the Ukraine, a doctor discovered a way to remediate radiation from Chernobyl victims with strict dry fasting, where one goes without food or water for 3-9 days.

People are also concerned with having less and less growth hormone as they age, but a few days of fasting has been shown to restore that, and make you feel young and strong.

Discover the latest research on fasting in this excellent piece from the New York Times.

Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove

Insomnia Help: Sweet Dreams are Made of Zzzzzs

Good quality sleep is a must. It’s as important as food, oxygen and water. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than a third of our lives are spent sleeping. Typically, a person with great sleeping habits is in excellent health. Does good health lead to better sleep or does good sleep lead to better health? It can be tough to tell which comes first, but if you have insomnia, working on fixing that issue is a good place to start.

Insomnia is a terrible condition to live with. If you’ve got insomnia, you’re probably waking up feeling exhausted. Makes it hard to get through a normal day, right? It’s probably not only complicating your ability to get things done, but it might be impacting your mood, health and overall quality of life too.

 

DO YOU HAVE INSOMNIA?

Insomnia is a tricky thing to diagnose, but if you regularly suffer from these symptoms, you probably have it:

  • waking up frequently during the night
  • having trouble falling asleep (more than 30 minutes on average)
  • waking too early (getting less than 6 hours a night, despite making time for more)
  • not feeling rested after waking

If you do have insomnia, you’re probably also dealing with other unpleasant symptoms like:

  • headaches
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • struggling to concentrate or focus
  • feeling exhausted during the day
  • depression or irritability
  • distraction
  • feeling clumsy or like you’re making a lot of mistakes

With insomnia, these conditions get progressively worse as time goes on. If you believe that you have insomnia, you should see a doctor to be properly diagnosed, especially because insomnia can sometimes be a sign of a deeper problem. A qualified medical professional can determine the right path and schedule you in at a sleep center for testing.

CAUSES OF INSOMNIA

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Stress and anxiety are major causes of insomnia. Worries related to work, school, money and family issues can keep your mind active at night, even if you don’t normally suffer from insomnia. A death in the family, illness or struggles relating to lack of work, divorce and other difficult situations can make insomnia worse, leading to a chronic condition.

Beyond the day-to-day struggles that nearly everyone faces at one time or another, insomnia is also often linked with illness and disease. Cancer, heart disease, acid reflux, GERD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and arthritis have all been known to cause bouts of insomnia, as have many types of medication. Discuss with your doctor before starting any regimen if you know it will cause you to lose sleep, as a proper good night’s rest is a great start to fighting off any ailment.

Woman writing in a notebook

MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY

You may not need to see a doctor. Initially you may want to treat your insomnia by making simple adjustments to your home life and your diet. For starters, figure out how many hours of sleep you need each night and set out a plan and schedule. It’ll probably take a couple of weeks to nail it down, as you see how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Track your mood, energy levels and overall health on good nights versus bad nights.

By sticking with a sleep schedule, and tracking how you feel the next day, you will learn what works best for you. Keep to it even on the weekends. Set up a time each night when you will put away all distractions and start a nice, relaxing bedtime ritual. 

We’ve created the ultimate sleep routine to get you started. Check it out here.

SWEAT FOR YOUR SLEEP

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, studies have revealed that a regular exercise regimen can help sufferers of chronic insomnia. In one study, there was significant improvement in sleep quality after moderate aerobic exercise (at any time of day) like walking or swimming laps. Insomnia sufferers found themselves able to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer.

There is still a lot to learn about insomnia and exercise. There seems to be a lot of variety from person to person when it comes to the impact of exercise on sleep, especially where time of day is concerned. Some people find that working out right before bed is the key to great sleep, while others find it keeps them up. Studies show that exercise does help, it’s just not easy to know what kind of exercise to do or when to do it. Keeping a sleep journal with notes on your exercise routine will help you determine what works best for you.

Foods high in tryptophan

INSOMNIA AND YOUR DIET

A great way to combat insomnia is by eating the right foods, at the right times and avoiding certain other foods. Several natural components in food can work as sedatives and help to inspire sleep.

For example, we all hear about tryptophan around Thanksgiving. When you eat turkey or other foods with tryptophan in them, it creates a neurotransmitter in the brain known as serotonin. Serotonin is the ‘happy hormone’. It also helps to calm the body and makes it easier for us to fall asleep. Tryptophan is in tofu, cheese, eggs, red meat, beans and lentils, among other foods.

A 2005 study found that patients who suffered from chronic insomnia found improvements in their sleep when they ate a tryptophan-heavy diet or took dietary supplements with tryptophan as the main ingredient.

Tryptophan needs a little bit of help to get into the brain, though. Studies have shown that eating carbohydrates triggers a release of insulin and that insulin helps the tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier. So consider this your free pass to enjoy some carbs before you hit the hay!

Whether you suffer from occasional insomnia or deal with it every day, hopefully, these tips have given you a place to start. Insomnia is a big deal, unchecked it can affect every aspect of your life and can put you in danger of serious health risks. Always check with your doctor before starting any program or regimen.

We’ve got lots more info on insomnia and other sleep issues, as well as tips for getting better rest in our new book. Download your copy of Sleeping Without Pills.

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