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10 unorthodox sleep tips

The web is full of sleep tips that haven’t given me any advice, help, hope or guidance. These let’s say ‘typical’ sleep tips are full of rules and routines that don’t help the already all too dutiful and sleep-obsessed poor sleepers. The underlying problem is this: I already did all this stuff strictly according to […]

Chinese herbs for sleep

Chinese medicine has an holistic approach It is important to note that whereas Western medicine attempts to treat insomnia  as an isolated symptom, traditional Chinese medicine examines the condition of  the body as a whole system. It takes into consideration signs and symptoms ranging  from appetite, thirst, mood, tongue color, and the quality of the […]

Minerals for sleep

Important minerals for sleep Minerals have a critical role to play in the healthy function of our nerve cells. This means that they are also important for sleep. Every enzyme and process in body utilizes minerals. Enzymes also contain minerals. A healthy mineral balance is essential for sleep as minerals create balance in the nerve […]

Melatonin for sleep

Overview: Melatonin for sleep Melatonin is, strictly speaking, not a ‘sleeping tablet’. Melatonin is made by the body and is a naturally occurring hormone that increases at night. It is triggered by darkness and its levels remain elevated throughout the night until suppressed by the light of morning. It is involved in helping to regulate […]

Aromatherapy and sleep

Aromatherapy and sleep: Overview Aromatherapy works in a subtle way. Essential oils excite specific sensory nerve cells to induce unique neurotransmitter, hormone or enzyme responses. Experts tell us that some essential oils increase the availability of serotonin, dopamine, GABA and melatonin – all critical to better sleep. A couple of drops of one or more […]

Mindfulness sleep therapy

Mindfulness sleep therapy Mindfulness meditation stems from a Buddhist practice called vipassana, a term which can be translated as ‘to see in a clear way’. Mindfulness meditation is one style of meditation that has attracted attention in Western cultures as a possible approach to healing. Today it’s also been used for anxious and racing minds […]

Relaxation for sleep

Relaxation for sleep: Overview Progressive relaxation is a technique for learning to control the state of tension in one’s muscles. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. It is not at all clear how shutting down our physical responses can be so effective in curing various disorders, including insomnia. A progressive […]

Alternatives to sleeping pills

Don’t give up your hopes of sleeping naturally! There are several alternatives to medicine to achieve (and learn) better sleep.  According to several studies, sleeping pills remain ineffective in treating long-term insomnia. What’s worse, medicine can actually contribute turning short-term insomnia into long-term insomnia by breaking our (natural) confidence to sleep on our own without […]

Western herbs for sleep

Besides the most common western herbs for sleep (described on earlier pages: valerian, chamomile, kava, hops) there are also number of other herbs that are famous for their sedative and relaxing effects. Lavender Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are […]

Kava for sleep

Kava for sleep The Kava plant is a member of the pepper family and has been a drink for thousands of years in the Pacific Islands. Kava is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anaesthetic […]