All Natural Treatment Options For Sleeplessness

 

Sleeping problems affect millions of people and the typical answer seems to be a prescription of sleeping pills. While sleeping tablets work for some people they also come with side effects, and some prescription tablets are highly addictive. Even if prescription medicine is needed for a short period, there are many all natural sleep aids that can be used long-term as an effective alternative.

Meditation and Therapies

Many people have trouble falling asleep because the mind is too busy. Hypnosis, meditation and different types of relaxation techniques are all helpful in calming down a busy mind. There is a wide variety of meditation techniques available in meditation classes, retreats, courses, workshops and DVDs or audio CDs. Some are even available for free online. Different types of relaxation techniques are also widely available on CDs, DVDs and online.

Hypnosis has been helping many insomnia sufferers to get better sleep. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also proving successful in treating insomnia. It involves regular sessions with a qualified therapist who will assess the quality of your sleep. A variety of techniques are then used to improve your sleeping patterns.

Natural Sleep Remedies

A warm bath with essential oils can help both the body and the mind to relax before bedtime. Lavender essential oil is one of the most effective oils for promoting good sleep. Add a few drops of lavender oil into a warm bath in the evening and burn lavender oil in your bedroom in a vaporizer. Other essential oils that can bring a better and deeper sleep include chamomile, frankincense and marjoram.

Herbal remedies that are commonly used as all natural sleep aids include Valerian and chamomile. Valerian is available as a herbal tea, herbal tincture and capsules. Chamomile is another good option and is easily available as chamomile tea.

Relaxation is the key to better sleep. It is best to cut down on your caffeine use if you suffer from sleeping problems. One easy way to do it is to stop drinking coffee at least several hours before bedtime and substituting coffee with chamomile  tea.

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Doctors, Physicians and Drug Abuse

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Doctors and physicians are humans with a huge set of responsibilities involving the care of other humans. Though tasked with superhuman tasks, they are simply human and prone to stress, anxiety, depression and even addiction — just like everyone else in the world. So when it comes to stress, anxiety, depression and addiction, how many of our nation’s doctors are battling these issues, diseases and disorders?

Statistics For Doctor Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Recently, a study was done to try and figure out just how many doctors and physicians are regularly abusing drugs and alcohol, or have a full blown addiction to drugs, alcohol, or both. The numbers that came from this study are staggering, yet will hopefully shine more light and attention on the topic of doctors and drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Out of 904 doctors and physicians that were enrolled in physician health programs, an astounding 87% were male and admitted to having issues with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or both.
  • Over half of the doctors and physicians that were enrolled in physician health programs admitted to having alcohol abuse problems (50.3%).
  • 35.9% are enrolled in physician health programs were enrolled due to abuse of opioids.
  • 7.9% had been battling the abuse of stimulants including cocaine and amphetamines.
  • 5.9% admitted to have abuse problems with “other” substances including marijuana and hallucinogenics.
  • 50% of admitted drug and alcohol abusers admit to abusing more than one substance.
  • 13.9% have been involved with intravenous drug use.
  • 17% admit to having prior addiction treatment history and attempts at recovery.

Interestingly enough, there are several medical fields that see higher rates of substance abuse and addiction, including:

  • Doctors and physicians have higher rates of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol addiction
  • Anesthesiologists show higher rates of drug abuse involving heavy sedatives and even the anesthetic drugs they are supposed to be dispensing to their patients.

Addiction is a very real disease, and one that does not care about your social standing, your job title, nor about your day-to-day responsibilities. It can strike anyone at anytime, and with it comes the usual side effects of addiction including denial — a side effect that is doubly dangerous when the addict is charged with the health and care of others.

Where Doctors and Physicians Can Get Help For Addiction:

Most of the states within the United States have Physician Health Programs (PHPs) established to help doctors confront their drug and alcohol abuse and addictions head on with specialized addiction treatment and recovery options. Not only are these programs closed and confidential, but they can help doctors to confront and tack their addictions early on, and offer the chance to return to their careers without the worry of humiliation, loss of license/practice, and without severe penalties. This allows so many intelligent and caring doctors to continue their work to help others in the fight against their ailments, diseases and health concerns.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health problems. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and today it is also popular in the West. Studies have proved it successful in relieving pain, treating many health conditions and relieving symptoms in many illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of qi: energy that moves in the body inside meridians (energy pathways). Blockages in the energy flow can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture tries to release these blockages and promote qi flow in the energy channels. It also stimulates the different internal organs and body systems such as the immune system, the nervous system and the digestive system and its organs. The idea is to encourage the body to heal itself and to make sure qi moves freely around the body.

An acupuncturist uses thin, long needles that are inserted at specific points along the energy channels. The needles are sterile single-use needles. The needle is only inserted to the top layer of the skin and most people hardly feel it; acupuncture treatments are painless and people sometimes describe the needle insertion as similar to a mosquito bite. The needles are then left on the skin for 10 to 30 minutes, although some treatments can last longer. Some acupuncturists use heat therapy called moxibustion; heat is added to the needles to stimulate the healing effect.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treatments are used to relieve pain, to help recovery from injuries and to release muscle spasms. Many patients have found relief from headaches and migraines. Acupuncture is also used successfully to treat many respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and other infections, sinusitis and asthma as well as allergic conditions. Acupuncture treatments are very successful in relieving stress and insomnia. Acupuncture is also used in digestive conditions, immune system disorders and hormonal imbalances.

In many cases the patient feels relief from symptoms already after one treatment. Usually a course of treatments is required to get the best possible results. Acupuncturists can also recommend herbal remedies to take at home.

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Facts About Tourette’s Syndrome You May Not Know

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Tourette’s syndrome is one disorder that’s mysterious to many people. This is due to the fact that many people are simply not aware about the tics that are often associated with this syndrome.  By definition, Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological condition characterized by involuntary movements of the body and production of sounds (also called tics). Tics might include twitching, throat clearing, barking, random words, coughing, and blinking. Here is an overview of some Tourette’s facts that you probably didn’t know:

1. Tourette’s syndrome was named after Gilles Tourette and is an inherited neurological disorder.

2. No two individuals with TS can have identical tics—every person with the syndrome is as different as snowflakes.

3. There are two forms of tics: the vocal (sounds such as sniffing, barking, random words etc that people make) and the motor tics (body movements of the body, including limb movements, blinking, shrugging of the shoulders etc).

4. Tics begin around the age of 5-10 years.

5. Tics are more severe when sufferers are stressed or excited and tend to fade when the victim is calm and relaxed.

6. TS has no cure and there is no drug that is currently developed specifically for the syndrome.

7. TS is believed to be caused by dysfunction of the thalamus, the basil ganglia, and the frontal cortex of the brain. It is believed that TS occurs when there is a failure in various circuits that link brain cortex and the sub cortex.

8. TS is more prevalent in males than females (about 3-4 times more).

9. Even though TS may sometimes disappear or change, the condition is chronic.

10. 1 in 100 children have certain forms of TS—the same number as children with autism.

11. TS never interfere with the victim’s intelligence. In fact, people with TS have been reported to have normal to high intelligence levels.

12. Less than 10% of individuals with TS swear (which is also called coprolania).

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Tips For Excessive Dry Skin

Probably the most frequent contributors to dry skin are skin irritants, particularly those that can be found around the house. Cleaning products, detergents, air fresheners, and floor and furniture polishes can strip the skin of its protective moisture, leaving it dry and lifeless. To protect your skin from unnecessary exposure, here are tips you can try:

Wear Gloves

Use rubber gloves when washing dishes, doing the laundry or scrubbing the floor. Gloves don’t only protect your skin from harmful chemicals, they also provide a physical barrier between you and dirt, grime, dust and germs.

Apply Moisturizer After a Dip

Swimming pools are treated with chlorine, a chemical that is known to be effective in minimizing microorganisms in the water and removing odors. It is also notorious for causing dry skin, hence the parched, rough texture of your skin after a good swim. To minimize the effects of chlorine, rinse off using water and soap, then apply a good, glycerin-based moisturizer. Glycerin is excellent for retaining moisture in the skin, thus keeping it smooth and fresh-looking.

Add Hydrating Ingredients to Your Diet

To combat dry skin naturally, add flaxseed oil and fish to your diet. These contain essential fatty acids that help protect the skin against damages caused by the environment.

Use Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is an old fix-it-all when it comes to dry skin. It is an excellent option for those who have sensitive skin because it contains only one ingredient. It helps soothe dry, chapped skin – hence its other role in fixing chapped lips. After a shower, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly and leave overnight.

Use Oats on Itchy Skin

Dry, itchy skin can be fixed in a jiffy with oats. Oats contain avenanthramides, which are chemicals that combat redness and inflammation. Use oats during a bath and rinse off.

Get Rid of Mites

If you suffer from itchy, irritated skin frequently, the culprit could be those tiny dust mites that live on pillows, bed sheets and furniture. To prevent irritation, vacuum regularly and change your bedding. Wash bedsheets in hot water for good measure.

Use Moisturizing Hand Sanitizers

If you like to rub on liquid or gel sanitizers, buy the kind that contains moisturizers. Avoid those that contain alcohol and look for brands that are recommended by a dermatologist.

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