Though sleep disorders are hardly new – even Aristotle wrote about them – our modern round-the-clock lifestyles, plus caffeine, alcohol, lack of exercise, stress and a myriad of other factors have conditioned our bodies to stay awake. So is there hope for the bleary-eyed? Absolutely! But first, you’ll need to brush up on your sleeping skills and make a few simple daytime changes so you can sleep better tonight. Here’s where to start:
In this video, Dr. Weil demonstrates the simple yet incredibly effective 4-7-8 Breathing Technique, which can be used to calm the nervous system, counteract stress, and help you fall asleep. This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. But, do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice.
While most studies suggest that it’s best to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, most don’t talk about all the different factors that affect the quality of your sleep. In other words, not all sleep is created equal.
If there is one thing everyone loves in this hectic society we’ve created for ourselves, it’s a nice nap. But like drinking coffee or a glass of wine, some people feel guilty indulging in an afternoon slumber. But the good news is that napping can actually have numerous positive effects on the mind and body – with one recent study suggesting that taking a nap can improve memory fivefold.
Dr. Mercola For Americans, it’s that time of the year again—time to move your clocks an hour ahead; losing a precious hour of sleep in the process. For many, the time change associated with daylight savings time1 (DST) also means spending several days or even weeks feeling generally off-kilter. As reported by Prevent Disease:2 “A […]
Clearing the energy in your home and workspace makes it lighter and more positive, removing toxins and improving your overall health and well being. Just opening windows brings in fresh, positive energy. Other space clearing techniques include dowsing; smudging with herbs or incense; clearing with bells, cymbals and singing bowls; and clearing with chanting.
We take it for granted, but most people have to wake up for work (or school or other morning obligations) long before they want to. Sleeping in is treated as a cherished luxury—it’s somehow become normal that people wake up still exhausted, and anything but is a notable exception.
Sustainability is not a onetime affair. It is a string of efforts made consciously to build and retain. A sustainable green environment requires certain measures, such as switching to bamboo and silk bedding, offering advantages not just to nature but also to individuals.
As our day wears on, even when we get enough sleep at night, our focus and alertness degrade. While this can be a minor inconvenience in modern times, it may have meant life or death for our ancestors. Whether you are finishing up a project for work or hunting for your livelihood, a nap can rekindle your alertness and have your neurons back up and firing on high in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.
Several foods can naturally increase melatonin production, eliminating the need for a supplement. According to GreenMedInfo, researchers with Thailand’s Khon Kaen University found that some tropical fruits have significant effects on melatonin production.