June 7, 2010

Dying For a Good Night of Sleep

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Ensure a Good Night SleepSleep is always something many of us struggle with. There is just too much to do these days and we rarely ever find enough time to finish everything. Work, children, television, and computers, are among some of the most common reasons why a great number of us are not getting enough sleep every night.

Whether you’re working extra to get that promotion or if you just like surfing the net, sleep or in this case the lack of it, is affecting your overall health. According to new research, someone suffering from chronic insomnia may be up to three times more likely to die early.

Sleep is an enormous contributor to our overall health, but very few ever report problems. We just brush it off and drink more caffeine to keep our bodies alert enough to make it through the day. Insomnia is a very serious condition that can have terrible consequences if left untreated. There are a few things you can do before going to the doctor.

Exercise – Being active can play a huge role in your sleeping pattern. By getting some moderate or vigorous physical activity in every day, you can use up some of that energy that might be keeping you awake at night. Not to mention, it will help keep you fit.

Read – Try reading for an hour before going to bed, it’s relaxing and can help ease your mind and body. Things like the computer and television can really disrupt your sleeping pattern and these things should be avoided for an hour before going to bed.

Listen to Some Music – This doesn’t work for everyone, but I like to play music while I go to sleep. I try not to play anything too loud as that would ruin the point.

Deep Breathing – Believe it or not, taking slow and steady breaths can really calm your body. Try to just focus on your breathing, really become aware of it. Try not to get distracted by anything else and you may find yourself falling asleep quite quickly.

There are probably many other creative techniques that you can find. However, if nothing seems to be working and you just aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis, schedule a doctor’s appointment. It might help save your life.

January 4, 2010

Lack of Sleep in Teens Could Lead to Depression

Dark and Lonely Teenager
There’s no denying that each and every one of us need proper amounts of sleep to function properly every day, but not all of us get the necessary amount of sleep every night and this is particularly true among teenagers.

Teenagers experience a change in their internal clocks and this tends to cause them to go to bed at later hours and wake up later as well. However because of school in the morning most students find that they do not get enough sleep and often feel tired throughout the day. Some high schools have adjusted to this and set their start times later to allow students to sleep longer in the mornings. However, those students that must wake up early need to be aware that getting little sleep can result in more than just a cranky attitude.

Along with a nasty attitude throughout the day, inadequate sleep can result in many harmful effects. Some things caused by lack of sleep are impaired memory and physical performance, increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, problems with insomnia, impairment to the ability to stay alert, inability to stay focused, troubles solving problems, difficulty retaining information, and a lack of ability to deal with stress. Additionally, teenagers who find they’re lacking sleep on a consistent basis are more at risk for fall-asleep car accident, tobacco and alcohol use, poor impulse control and violence, and lower performance in academics and athletics. Now, a new study has found that teens that lack sleep are much more likely to suffer from depression and have thoughts of suicide.

Generally, teens require about 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep every night, but most are getting less than 7 hours. These teens need to try to go to bed a little earlier to give their bodies some much needed rest. The lower the amount of sleep a teen gets results in a higher risk of depression and other very harmful effects. If you are a parent try anything you can to get your child to bed at an appropriate time. This doesn’t have to mean sending them to bed before 8 at night, but try getting them to sleep at maybe 10 or 11 at the latest. Teens really need the extra sleep and without it they will definitely know something is wrong, even if they never admit it.

August 11, 2009

Music Has The Power To Move You… And A Lot More!

Music SheetsMost people enjoy listening to music. There are so many different types of music out there to choose from, such as rock music, metal, rap, R&B, pop…etc. And when people say that music has the power to move us they’re right.

Music actually affects us on a very deep level. Certain music can pump you up, which is especially useful right before that big game. Other types of music can calm you down and help you de-stress after a long day at work. Music truly is therapy for the soul and apparently treatment for a lot of other things.

Music is actually used as a treatment for seizures, to lower blood pressure, treat ADD in children, mental illness, depression, aid in healing, stress, and insomnia. Music has become much like a drug in medication because of the great impact it has on the human mind. Additionally, music has not only helped humans, but plants as well. A study was done where classical music was played around a plant and it actually helped the plant develop and grow significantly faster.

Music is an incredible tool and is a great outlet for built up emotions. Writing music can be a great stress reliever in itself. Writing lyrics or even guitar riffs may help you express some of that built up stored emotion in a positive way. Also, people will probably think that you’re pretty talented if you keep writing music, it’s not a very easily mastered skill.

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