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Sleep problems can make a person's life miserable. Insomnia - a hard time falling or staying asleep. You could have- Sleep Apnea, a condition where irregular breathing causes people to wake up. Also there is one of the newest excuses for Allopathic medicine to get you to pay for their pricey drugs- Restless legs syndrome.
When we sleep our bodes are quiet but our minds are very busy.
~While we sleep, our bodies are inactive but our brains stay very active. Sleep affects daily functioning and physical and mental health in many ways that researchers are just beginning t understand.
People usually cycle through 5 phases of sleep:
*stage 2-light sleep- about 50% of our sleep time
*stage 3-Deep sleep
*stage 4-Slow-wave Deep Sleep
*Rapid eye movement, or REM-20%
the last 30% is spent in other stages
Light sleep is where we drift in and out of sleep and can be awakened easily. Our eyes move very slowly and muscle activity slows. Muscle contractions called hypnic myoclonia are often preceded by a sensation of starting to fall. In stage 2 sleep, eye movement stops and brain waves slow. In Stage 3 and 4, extremely slow brain waves appear.
It is very difficult to wake someone during stages 3 and 4-deep sleep. At this time there is no eye movement or muscle activity. Awakening during this time causes people to feel groggy and disoriented for several minutes after waking, it is in this stage children experience night terrors, bed wetting or sleepwalking.
Waking during REM sleep, people often describe bizarre and illogical dreams. REM sleep is characterized by breathing that is more rapid, irregular and shallow, eyes jerk rapidly, heart rate goes up, blood pressure rises. Waking out of this early, if we haven't had our 90-110 minutes minimum, usually causes the sleeper to return to REM to finish the required length of time. As night progresses REM sleep increases in length while deep sleep decreases. by morning, nearly all sleep is in stages 1,2, and REM.~
Most Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep, but some do well on as little as 5 or need up to 10 to function normally.
Often one can get up really early, not getting enough sleep and start their day wide awake and alert but soon the spirit, the body and the mind begin to flag, the emotions tend to go to erratic extremes.
Napping~Ever since women have become liberated to work themselves to an early grave like men have always done, sleep has been in short supply and many bosses frown on the occasional catnap taken under or on one's desk. Here is one idea for you living in a cube farm, or anywhere else with no lockable office door. I call it the Church nap. Cultivate a thoughtful expression, hold your head in an upright position and make sure your mouth stays closed and close your eyes. If done correctly no one has to know you are really in a light sleep. If interrupted you can claim you were in a thoughtful reverie or listening intently. This power nap has wonderful recuperative characteristics. just make sure you open your eyes once in a while, nothing belies the 'reverie' claim like a loud snore or drool from an open mouth.
Resting~Take time away from stress-building activities by cultivating a relaxing hobby. just remember the keyword Relaxing. If you begin to inject the type-A stress into your hobby you are defeating the purpose.
Check out more tips in lullabie and goodnight; the nightmare of insomnia
I use CellPower™ to help regulate my waking sleeping times, and giving me a jolt of energy in the daytime. Sleep, however is sometimes still a problem. The CellPower™ really helps but my body has a life-long habit of living a tortured night-life.
Two big keys for better sleep are: get all light out of the bedroom, and cutting way back on caffeine consumption even quitting all coffee and tea.
Pain can be a huge factor in getting a full night's sleep. Valerian root and magnesium taken before bed can really help. I have taken 3mgs of Melatonin also for pretty good results in falling asleep, it's staying asleep I have the problem with. I've read that having to get up to visit the bathroom is often associated with Diabetes and there is a link between urges to urinate and poor quality sleep, but not the one you might think, the urges are caused by poor sleep, not the other way around necessarily. Another thing I've noticed is that poor sleep leads to more poor sleep. Being extremely tired is no guarantee of causing the body to give up and just rest. In fact the stress of being over tired can cause a worse condition of insomnia.
One way to counteract the effects of a temporary insomnia is to take Melatrol- safe and natural~ Valerian for pain relief and Magnesium for a great muscle relaxant . This has both Valerian and Magnesium to realy aid in regulatng and normalizing sleep patterns.
I'm still taking:
other things I take are:coconut oil
is great for cooking and for continued weight loss. I really notice the difference in my weight control when I'm out of it for a while.
FLAX SEED OIL for my colon, but of course FLAX SEED OIL is also a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids for THE BRAIN WHICH IS MOSTLY FAT, DID YOU KNOW THAT? AND YOUR HEART IS MOSTLY WATER!
And one each of the four essential minerals each day:
~SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
I wish all of you the robust, vigorous health I'm getting closer to each day.
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-----THE GARDEN GNOME
~~~Jokes And inspirations~~~~
"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience."
- Albert Camus
Words to live by are just words…
unless you actually live by them.
-- Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura
A group of alumni, all highly established in their
respective careers, got together for a visit with
their old university professor. The conversation
soon turned to complaints about the endless stress
of work and life in general...
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into
the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of
coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups:
porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain,
some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he
told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.
When each of his former students had a cup of coffee
in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his
throat and began to patiently address the small
gathering... ''You may have noticed that all of the
nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving
behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is
only natural for you to want only the best for
yourselves, that is actually the source of much of
your stress-related problems! "
He continued...''Be assured that the cup itself adds
no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely
disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of
you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you
instinctively went for the best cups... Then you
began eyeing each other's cups....''
''Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money,
and position in society are merely cups. They are
just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type
of cup we have does not truly define nor chan ge the
quality of the Life we live. Often, by
concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the
coffee. Enjoy your coffee!''
The happiest people don't have the best of
everything - they just make the best of everything
they have... So please remember: Live simply. Love
generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly.
And remember - the richest person is not the one who
has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Rejected Greeting Cards
You totaled your car
And can't remember why.
Could it have been.
That whole case of Bud Dry?
Your friends and I wanted to do something special for your Birthday
So we're having you put to sleep.
You are such a good friend
That if we were on a sinking ship
And there was only one life jacket....
I'd miss you heaps and think of you often.
When we were together,
You always said you'd die for me.
Now that we've broken up,
I think it's time you kept your promise.
Congratulations on your promotion. Before you go,
Would you like to take this knife out of my back.
You'll probably need it again.
Happy Birthday! You look great for your age...
It's So True
- It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
- If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
- Hard work pays off later. Laziness pays off now!
- Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.
- I still miss my ex. But my aim is getting better!
- A closed mouth gathers no foot.
- The trouble with life is there's no background music.
You Know You Work for the Government If...
- When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.
- You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.
- Your biggest loss from a system crash is you lose your best jokes.
- Your supervisor doesn't have the ability to do your job.
- You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.
- It no longer amazes you that computer security is more important than having computers.
- Your office computer was just upgraded to a 200 MHz Pentium this year.
- Computer specialists know less about computers than your teenager.
- Lunch is like another scheduled meeting, only shorter. - You and your coequals always consume the free food left over from VIP meetings.
- It's dark when you drive to and from work.
- You're forced to park your car a mile from the office because of all the commanders, customers, designated contractor, VIP's, employees of the month/quarter/year and visitor, parking spaces by the main entrance.
An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially two shiny, silver walls in the hotel lobby that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked his father, "What is this father?"
The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life. I don't know what it is."
While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an older lady, limping slightly with a cane, slowly walks up to the moving walls and pressed a button.
The walls opened and the lady walks between them and into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched, small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction.
The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out.
The father said to his son, "Go get your Mother."
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
-- Saint Augustine
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease
to be so.
-- John Stuart Mill
The most radical revolutionary will become a
conservative the day after the revolution.
-- Hannah Arendt
In all you do, in everything you say, and in all your interactions with others may wisdom guide you and health attend you. Remember we are being followed by the twins Mercy and Goodness all the days of our lives.