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6 All-Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Headaches And Sleep Better – Guest Post

Please enjoy this wonderful guest post! – Michelle

A throbbing headache is a real nuisance and can even put you out of action for a few hours. The obvious answer is to take a painkiller, but there are loads of natural remedies you can try instead. They’re cheap, quick, and effective. At least one of them is bound to work for you.

  1. Yoga: We all know that yoga is one of the most relaxing activities out there, and it’s a powerful headache cure. The combination of deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and improved circulation is a winning recipe! Research published in the International Journal of Yoga shows that it can even help treat migraines.

Try this: Sit on the floor or in a chair. Straighten your spine and lengthen your neck. Position your right hand on the left side of your head, just behind your ear. Apply gentle pressure and tilt your head to the right. Hold the position for around thirty seconds then repeat on the other side.

  1. Other types of exercise: Almost any type of workout can cure a headache. Even a brisk walk will help. Research shows that when you exercise, your body releases all-natural painkillers called endorphins. Movement also helps stretch the muscles in your neck and back, which eases tension headaches. Add uplifting music for an extra stress-busting effect.
  2. Self-massage: Professional massage, especially if you get it regularly, is a good way to treat and prevent headaches. Unfortunately, not many of us can afford to pay for our own 24/7 masseuse! Luckily, you can learn to ease pain yourself.

Try this: Place your thumbs near your ears, on your cheekbones. Apply pressure to your temples using your fingertips. Apply more pressure – but not to the point of pain – and rub in tiny circles along your hairline. Do this for a few minutes.

You can also try some DIY reflexology. Reflexologists believe that our feet contain a map of our bodies. Stimulating pressure points on the foot can help relieve pain. Rub these three pressure points to relieve headaches:

  • The outer edges of the top of your feet, halfway between your smallest toe and your ankle;
  • The area between your first and second toes;
  • The lower half of your big toe.

Press on each point for approximately 60 seconds.

  1. Water: Do you drink enough water? It sounds silly, but lots of us actually forget to stay hydrated. The bad news is that even mild dehydration can give you a nasty headache. Get at least nine glasses per day and stay away from dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget that food contains water too. Stock up on cucumbers and watermelon!
  2. Magnesium: According to natural health experts, taking 200-600mg magnesium every day can prevent headaches. It lowers levels of chemicals in your brain that transmit pain signals.
  3. Aromatherapy: Essential oils relieve tension, improve blood flow, and reduce pain perception. If you have a headache, simply smelling the right essential oil can help you feel better within minutes. Here are a few of the most popular:
  • Lavender: Scientific research shows that sniffing lavender oil helps 71% of migraine sufferers feel better. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale for around 15 minutes.
  • Peppermint: You might think peppermint is energizing rather than soothing, but it quickly gets to work on headaches. Dilute it with a carrier oil and rub a few drops on your forehead and temples. (Remember, never apply undiluted oil to your skin.) It will soon stop that uncomfortable throbbing feeling.
  • Rosemary: Rub it onto your skin to melt away muscle tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Rosemary is also good for promoting healthy sleep, so it’s perfect to apply just before turning in at night.
  • Eucalyptus: This oil is a fantastic decongestant, so it’s perfect for sinus headaches. It quickly opens up nasal passages and encourages detoxification.

With so many natural treatment options around, you don’t have to live with headaches. There’s plenty of scientific evidence that these remedies are safe for most people. However, if your headaches are severe or you notice any other symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor. When it comes to your health, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

 

Author Bio

Clara Masters

 

 

 

 

 

Clara is an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, she relied on yoga, reflexology and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. At Massageaholic.com she’s on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to live a balanced, healthy life, connecting body, mind and spirit. You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.

How I Stopped Needing the TV On To Fall Asleep

The most popular post on my blog is one with information on how to stop sleeping with the tv on, and I wanted to let you know how I managed to learn how to fall asleep without the television on.

I wonder if the sleep timer function on televisions was the biggest detriment to ideal sleep hygiene until smartphones came along!  That is probably when I started sleeping with the television on, in high school sometime when I had a tv with a sleep timer.  (Yes I’m fairly old so I actually remember when tvs didn’t have sleep timers, or in fact remotes!).  Anyway, I slept with the television on until probably around 5 years ago, and let’s just say that was quite a bit of years of not knowing how to fall asleep unless a tv was on in the room.  Even when my newborns were sleeping in the room I would have the tv on.  My husband pointed out that it probably wasn’t the greatest thing since even with eyes closed you could see the bright lights flickering.

So what did it?  How did I stop leaving the tv on?  I actually started doing some meditation, and with meditation you start concentrating on your breathing.  Also my husband started going to sleep earlier than I did and so I didn’t want to come to bed and turn on the tv when he was already asleep!!  So that pushed me into learning how to fall asleep without noise, and that’s when I turned to meditation.  Well really just concentrating on my breathing.  When I had something to focus on, it was easier to fall asleep.  And really that’s what the tv was doing for me.  It was giving me something to focus on when I was trying to fall asleep.  I also now sleep with paper and pen next to my bed so if I do start thinking of something I can write it down.  (Like last night I started thinking about writing this post)  This makes it easier for me to fall asleep too.  And the last thing is we now sleep with white noise on.  Again, the white noise just gives my brain something to focus on while I’m trying to fall asleep.

It’s not always easy and there are times when I think about turning the tv back on.  But then I also know that I will ultimately be up later since it’s probably I’ll find something I actually want to start watching.  Plus now I know that the light from the television can cause my body to stop producing melatonin, a calming hormone that helps us fall asleep.  So I’ll definitely be up later than if I just concentrated on my breathing and worked on falling asleep.

One other thing I do before going to sleep is think of 5 things I am thankful for.  This ends my day on a positive note, and helps me be in a more positive mood to fall asleep.

Do you sleep with the tv on or did you used to?  I’d love to hear what worked for you, or if you are still working on turning it off.

And here are some other links to posts that may interest you:

Review of Marpac Dohm White noise machine – a great way to replace noise from the tv

Sleeping with the tv on – the original post I wrote about this topic

Adult Sleep Tips – Tips to help you sleep

DreamCloud Mattress

I wanted to introduce you to a mattress that I have recently learned about, the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress.  One of the first things that stood out to me is that there is a risk free trial.  Of course who doesn’t love a risk free trial?  You don’t like it, you can return it.  Most risk free trials are maybe a month, or 90 days, but DreamCloud offers a 365 day risk free trial!  So that in itself tells me that this company really believes in it’s product.  Imagine trying something out for a year and being able to return it if it didn’t meet your satisfaction!

One important aspect of sleep that I don’t always talk about is comfort.  If you are not comfortable, you will probably not be sleeping well.  And of course your mattress is a big source of comfort (or discomfort).  So if you are having trouble getting comfortable at night, and are waking up tired or stiff, you may need a new mattress.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, mattresses last around 8 years.  If you’ve had one longer than that, or notice signs of worn or sagging spots in the middle or at the edges, it may be time to look into getting a new mattress.

About the DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud is a luxury hybrid mattress combining the best latex, memory foams, tufting and coil technologies throughout 8 hand constructed layers, to provide the best sleep money can buy. DreamCloud uses cutting-edge technology and premium materials to create the best support for your spine.

One of DreamCloud’s secrets is a true double hand-tufted Cashmere Cover, since the combination of tufting and compression creates unparalleled support and uniformity to DreamCloud’s plush comfort and feel. Hand tufted mattresses have much less sagging, wear and tear, and provide longer lasting comfort. Tufted mattresses retain their shape better because the fillings are tightly compressed, which is especially important with a multi-layered hybrid.

If you buy a DreamCloud Mattress, you buy direct from the manufacturer so there is no middleman to raise the price.

What Customers Say

A TRULY RESTFUL EXPERIENCE

“I got the DreamCloud because I was waking up so tired in the morning and I wanted to change that. DreamCloud did exactly that, restoring my faith in mattresses by having a truly restful experience from start to finish. The base is strong and supportive, and the cover on top felt like a soft and snug friend that I never knew I needed. It was such a warm and inviting experience that I couldn’t believe how well made and hearty the DreamCloud was. If you’re looking for a restorative mattress experience that will leave you sighing in relief, this is the one for you. It definitely was the one for me.”

— Kimmie N

PLUSH AND LUXURIOUS

“DreamCloud has actually made me thirsty for sleep. I can’t wait to spend time on it at night. Maybe because it’s so plush and luxurious, but I honestly have never had a better sleep. I can’t believe how lucky I feel over getting one. I have started telling all my friends about it. It’s a cozy experience that you just have to feel for yourself to believe. I was also so psyched about their trial policy, but I have to say that I’m not worried at all. DreamCloud is a beautiful sleeping experience, thanks to the supple support of the cashmere cover. Thank you so much!”

— Cat R.

So check them out and let me know what you think!  Do you already have a DreamCloud Mattress?  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are as well.  And if you want more adult sleep tips, check out Adults Need Sleep Too!

 

 

UPDATE FOR THE SUMMER – Now you can save $200 on any size mattress!!

 

 

 

 

Please note that this post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a portion of your purchase price.

Helping A Child With A Medical Condition Sleep

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There are many things that affect our sleep. Children can especially find themselves victims to finding it hard to relax, or at least at the time you hope they will. This can be further exacerbated when a child is struggling with an injury or medical condition. For the new parent, there are a few methods you can take to settle them. This might not guarantee that they sleep as you hope, but your efforts will certainly not be in vain. For this reason, the new parent might consider the following methods of making bedtime a more relaxing experience for all.

Lavender

It might sound like a very shallow recommendation, but lavender has calming effects that can help a child sleep. This can also provide a nice scent in the room to help the bedroom feel like a more pleasant space to occupy. After a few nights of bad sleep it can be tempting for a child to feel like a room is nothing but oppressive and boring. To make the room feel like a nicer place to be, a place they want to be, then little helpers like this go a long way.

Positioning

It’s likely that your child suffering from a medical condition, be that mental or physical, would and could stay benefited from finding the most comfortable position for them to occupy. This can be helped through the use of certain pillows in certain supportive shapes, or to purchase a mattress that helps your child sit up a little at night. This might also dictate how you apply the layers of covers on top of them, or what clothing they wear at night. A child deserves to be comfortable at night, and so finding this sweet spot could take a little work, but it will always be worth the effort.

Medical Aid

Of course, applying medical aid at night might be an important consideration. We’d recommend ensuring you use the best products possible, as sleep is something your child simply cannot afford to do without. We’d recommend going to https://www.saveritemedical.com/ to find the best and most cost-effective fundamentals that might help your child. Also, look for differing methods of taking care of certain items. Is the best really the best place for a wound clean before sleeping, or does that only decrease the hygiene of the bed, and associate this grim duty with that area in the mind of your child? It might be keeping the bedroom for sleep and only sleep could be the most important decision you make thus far.

Fundamentals & Sensitivity

There are many fundamentals when it comes to the sleeping sensitivity of your child. Consider ventilation, the breathing ability of the child, how their temperature is and the noise in the room you hope to have them sleep in. Consider their age and the amount of protecting or proximity they might need you to gift them in order to feel comfortable. It might be that you need to sleep alongside them, or to afford them their own space.

You can find this through trial and error, but also by communicating with your child. Also, be sure to praise your child for any positive progress. They will always be happy to hear it.

With these simple tips, helping a child with a medical condition sleep might be a touch more successful.

Sleep Leaving You Tired? Go All Sherlock On The Issue By Considering These Causes

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Sleep. It’s a wonderlands of modern science. While we know more now than ever before, there’s still a whole lot we don’t understand about our sleeping habits. And, that can be frustrating, especially when you encounter issues.

And most of us do, at some stage, encounter issues. Sometimes, the reasons are obvious. For instance, not getting enough sleep could lead to severe health issues. Equally, waking up due to an uncomfortable mattress is an evident problem. And, for the most part, these issues have easy fixes. Go to bed earlier, or replace your mattress. There’s nothing complicated about that, right? But, at other times, things aren’t clear-cut. Take, for instance, an issue that plagues more of us than you’d realize. What happens if, despite full night of sleep, you’re still tired ALL THE TIME?

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It may sound strange, but it’s a regular occurrence and can boggle the mind. No matter how much sleep you get, you can’t shake that droopy eyelid feeling. And, that can become a problem if you aren’t careful. You don’t need us to tell you that falling asleep at your desk isn’t the best  impression. But, how can you deal with the issue when there’s no apparent reason for it? By getting your detective hat on, of course. Remember; no matter how obscure, there’s got to be a clue to your problem somewhere. And, we’re going to look at a few leads to help you solve the mystery.

The clue is in the time?

We’re told, time and again, that we’ll suffer if we don’t get enough sleep. And, the majority of us have some experience to back that fact. So, we make sure to get at least 8-9 hours a night. Shouldn’t that serve us well? Evidently not. And, for a good reason. The unfortunate truth is that getting too much sleep can leave you as tired as not getting enough. A perfect example of this would be when we have a lie in. Have often do you wake up feeling groggy and exhausted after sleeping an hour longer than usual?

For the most part, this happens because oversleeping throws your body’s natural rhythms. Strange as it sounds, your body prepares energy reserves for the moment it’s had enough sleep. If you then keep sleeping, your cells will get a little confused. Strange, we know, and you can find out more about that here. But, the fact is, too much sleep can leave you fatigued, especially if it’s a new thing.

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So, start setting your alarm earlier and see how it serves you. Bear in mind that suddenly making a significant change could leave you feeling even worse. To avoid that, change the time by ten minutes a week until you reach a level which works for you. Before you know, you could be waking up fresher than a slice of lemon.

You’re not sleeping as well as you think

This is crazy, right? If anyone knows how well you sleep, shouldn’t it be you? Absolutely. But, that doesn’t mean this is always the case. In reality, it’s possible you aren’t getting as much sleep as you think. The main reason for this is a condition called sleep apnea, which leads to your stopping breathing at intervals in the night. Whenever that happens, you will wake out of deep sleep, but may not be aware of it. Do that ten times in one night, and it’s no wonder you feel like you’ve been hit by a train come the morning.

 

And, sleep apnea isn’t the only condition which can lead to this happening. Other issues, such as dull aches and pains, can also be to blame. For example, a bad back could briefly wake you up each time you roll over. In that instance, a new mattress might be your best bet. Equally, dull pain in your side could cause you to sleep lighter than usual. In this instance, something like appendicitis may be your problem. If you think that’s the case, look into appendix location or contact a doctor. Either way, you need to make a change if you want to sleep through any time soon.

And, the reasons don’t end there, either. Last on the list; it’s worth considering your behavior before bed. Drinking a nightcap before hitting the sack, for instance, could be your problem. It may help you get to sleep fast, but studies reveal alcohol-induced sleep is light and disruptive. And, that alone would explain your tired state come morning.