Do you miss sleeping like a baby? You know you do. As we get older, our physical body starts turning on us with more and more demands on it.
How much sleep we need varies primarily by age and our individual traits. The best indicator that you are getting enough sleep is when you do not feel sleepy during the day.
Generally, six or seven hours of sleep is all we need as an adult. Children and teens need more. This though is if you are in perfect health and you have no stressful situations.
If you feel sleepy and/or tired during the day you should consult with your doctor or sleep specialist first and foremost. Self-diagnosis can be dangerous. You need to rule out any serious physical or mental disorders before proceeding to use natural sleep remedies.
When having some sort of sleep disturbance, you need to focus on what is causing this first. Just buying some sleeping pills and getting addicted to them will really not help you at all. Masking a serious health problem can kill you. Besides if you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.
Some sleep disorders are:
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders -If you can’t sleep when you should on a regular schedule as your body clock is not the same as everyone else. This happens a lot to shift workers and people who fly long distances. You are expected to sleep on command even though your body is not ready to sleep.
Insomnia – Having difficulty falling and staying awake is a good sign of this illness. A lot of treatment for this condition is either changing your habits or environment. Changing your eating habits or avoiding things like caffeine and chocolate may help. Change your sleep environment so it is completely dark and silent is another.
Narcolepsy – This is a chronic sleep disorder with excessive sleepiness and you tend to sleep at the wrong times. This is a physical condition and not mental. This is not the same as insomnia.
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) – If your legs feel uncomfortable while awake and they move on their own while asleep. It occurs involuntary and you may not even be aware of it as it only happens when you are asleep. This is not the same as RLS.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – You most likely notice that you need to move a body part due to some uncomfortable sensations. Occurs while you are awake. Once you move the particular body part, it feels better for a little while.
Sleep Apnea – You will pause when breathing and asleep with this. You’ll almost always need a sleep study performed to determine if you have this. Your sleeping partner may be able to tell if you pause while breathing but only a qualified sleep specialist can give you the proper prognosis.
Natural Sleep Remedies
Some of these methods and herbs may help if you feel the need for a little assistance sleeping an have ruled out any major conditions to sleeplessness. Try these Tips on How to Fall Asleep Fast and see if they help.
Lavender – The oil of lavender has been used for centuries for all kinds of ailments. One of it’s main benefits is to help you get to sleep.
Natural Sleeping Pills – This is a step up from lavender and provides your body with extra sources of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids your body needs. If you are low on any of these, your sleep may be affected.