Category: sleep and insomnia

The Newest Science On The Sleep And Health Benefits Of CBD 0

The Newest Science On The Sleep And Health Benefits Of CBD

It seems like CBD is everywhere, doesn’t it? CBD has been an up-and-comer in the health and medical community for a while. But in the last year or so we’ve seen CBD—a natural, non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant—used to treat issues ranging from anxiety and sleep problems to chronic pain and lack of mental focus.

I’ve been interested and excited for a long time about the prospective benefits of CBD for sleep, mood, and other aspects of health. I’ve been discussing the potential health benefits of the cannabis plant for several years. In 2017, I wrote about the very promising scientific research showing how CBD can improve sleep, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and help protect brain function.

It’s because of all this research I decided to include hemp-derived CBD in my own sleep formula, Aktive Sleep Booster. (In addition to CBD, Aktive Sleep Booster is made from other natural ingredients that promote sleep, including valerian and hops.) I’m really excited and proud of what we’ve made and its capacity to help people sleep more—and better.

What is CBD?

What Food You Eat Impacts How You Sleep 0

What Food You Eat Impacts How You Sleep

In an article published just this week in Sleep Review Magazine Dr. Jose Colon dives into the details of sleep and nutrition, here are some of the interesting highlights:

  • There appears to be no one specific diet that is best for sleep
    • However, a variety of whole foods and a low-glycemic diet are a good place to start. Check out the effect of a Ketogenic diet under “Fats”.
  • Protein: low protein intake was associated with short and long sleep times (long being thought of as poor quality)
    • One study showed that 20% of calories as protein produce the most favorable effect on a person’s sleep
  • Carbs: Carbohydrates were helpful for sleep, but it was the type of carbs that matters most:
    • Sugar leads to excessive daytime sleepiness
    • Fiber lead to better overall sleep, and less daytime sleepiness
  • Fats: Turns out a low-fat diet was associated with non-restorative sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness
    • High-Fat Ketogenic diets have been associated with improved sleep quality, increased REM sleep and increased slow wave sleep

More specifically you may have read my blogs and …

5 Scary Things To Know About Dreams and Nightmares 0

5 Scary Things To Know About Dreams and Nightmares

I think dreams are endlessly fascinating. They’re one of sleep’s great mysteries—even to sleep experts and sleep scientists.

Why are dreams and nightmares so interesting to us? In their strangeness and emotional intensity, they have the power to capture our imagination. And yet, we really don’t know all that much about the purpose of dreaming. Scientists continue to work to understand the underlying biological purpose behind dreams. (There are some scientists who think it’s possible dreaming has no purpose, but most scientists who study sleep and dreams think that dreams serve a function.

We all dream—whether we remember them the next morning or not. And we’ve all had the experience of a nightmare that leaves us rattled and shaken (and relieved to be awake) the next morning. Nightmares are just as much of a mystery as every other type of dream. But we’re learning more all the time about what might cause them, what they might signal, and what they could mean.

Your dreams might be a rehearsal for real-life frights

One theory of dreaming that could explain some of

What To Do When You Wake Up In The Dark After The End of Daylight Savings 0

What To Do When You Wake Up In The Dark After The End of Daylight Savings

If you are planning to set yourself up for sleep success the week before and the night of the change back to standard time, check out this article.

I also want to answer a question I’m often asked when the time changes:

After the time change, I will be waking up in the dark, what are the best things I can do to wake up when it is dark outside?

I have a few hacks, tips and secrets for you to help you wake up when it is dark out!

Step #1 Go to bed consistently according to your Chronotype (when possible).  Remember your chronotype is your genetically predetermined sleep schedule (think early bird or night owl). If you don’t know what your chronotype is, then take my quiz and find out. If you already know your chronotype, but can’t follow that schedule due to work, social commitments or something else, at least be consistent. REMEMBER: The more consistent your sleep schedule is, the easier it is to fall asleep and most importantly for this question, to wake up!…

Struggling With Distraction? Here’s How Sleep Can Help (Or Hurt) 0

Struggling With Distraction? Here’s How Sleep Can Help (Or Hurt)

There are a lot of distractions challenging us in modern life. There’s a pretty good chance you’re reading this article on your smartphone. That ever-present device is one likely prime culprit in your battle against distractedness.

Another major contributor to distraction? Lack of sleep. Brand new research on sleep deprivation looked specifically at how lack of sleep affects distractedness. In the largest study of its kind on sleep deprivation, scientists found that sleep deprived people have a much harder time rebounding from distractions than people who are well rested.

Distractedness can seem like a minor problem, not least because it happens to so many of us with such frequency. An incoming email pulls us away from completing a timely task at work. The blip of a news alert causes us to lose our place in an article or a book we’re reading. But distractedness is a real and serious issue, with costs to productivity, accuracy, and safety.

Here’s what the latest research has to say about how poor sleep may be contributing to your distraction.

Lack of sleep magnifies

Does Sleeping With My Dog Or Other Pets Help Or Hurt My Sleep? 0

Does Sleeping With My Dog Or Other Pets Help Or Hurt My Sleep?

As you may know, I’m a pet lover. It didn’t start out that way, but my wife is a serious pet person and I’ve always had dogs. That said, I didn’t grow up with pets sleeping in my bed.  My wife though, she finds it incredibly comforting.

On any given night, it’s Me, Hugo (the French Bulldog), Sparky (the rescue Chihuahua), and Monty (the Devin Rex) cat, and my wife.

I’ve written about pets in my bed before from the perspective of people who are generally “normal” sleepers (the results were that pets are okay as long as they aren’t disruptive).  Recently though, I reviewed a study looking at how pets in the bed can affect those suffering from pain.

For those who sleep with pets, being told by a healthcare provider to discontinue co-sleeping with their dog, for example, can be potentially stressful and unnecessary for patients experiencing pain. It may also increase a pain patient’s feelings of isolation and of being a burden to other family members who may have to take on more night time dog care

How To Prepare Your Sleep For The End Of Daylight Savings 2018 0

How To Prepare Your Sleep For The End Of Daylight Savings 2018

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 4, 2018 in the United States and we return, or fall back, to Standard Time.

Here is the good news: we all get an extra HOUR of sleep on Nov 3rd! But this will affect different chronotypes in different ways and I have some unique recommendations for each of you.

For many, when time is artificially pushed back an hour, they gain some extra, much needed rest. The body experiences a little “jet lag” so to speak, but within a day or so the body will naturally reset itself.  But for some Chronotypes, the extra hour isn’t needed and may, in fact, throw off your natural rhythms.

Here’s What You Need To Know For Your Specific Chronotype

Lions: You won’t need the extra hour of sleep.  If you’re a lion, Daylight Savings Time has a tendency to affect you NEGATIVELY. Why? Because this particular day, your internal body clock will likely be going off at your normal time (5:00am which will now be 4:00am) and you’re not going to need to sleep in. For …

How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health, Your Dreams And Your Personality 0

How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health, Your Dreams And Your Personality

We all have a favorite sleep position, the one we happily settle into, without even thinking about it, at the end of a long day. What’s yours? Mine is on my stomach ( I know, it’s terrible), but I am usually on my right side, because my French Bulldog is snoring on my right side!

Sleep position is definitely a matter of preference. But it’s a lot more than that. Our sleep positions have wide effects on the body. Think about it: you spend roughly one-third of your life asleep—that means one third of your time is spent relatively motionless, in a handful of sleep postures. These sleep postures can affect how well and how much we sleep, and have an impact on our health. There’s research that indicates sleep position influences our dreams, and even has a connection to our personality!

Read on to find out how your sleep position might be helping (or hurting) your health and sleep, and what your sleep posture might say about who you are and how you dream.

It’s usually best to go

Is CBN The Next Big Thing In Cannabis Therapy For Sleep, Mood, and Health? 0

Is CBN The Next Big Thing In Cannabis Therapy For Sleep, Mood, and Health?

You’ve probably heard about CBD being used to treat sleep, anxiety, and a whole host of ailments. Maybe you’re using it yourself. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is getting very popular these days. People are using CBD for pain relief, as quit-smoking aid, to help relieve anxiety and to improve sleep.   

I wrote earlier this year about the very promising research showing a broad range of therapeutic benefits from CBD, from treating epilepsy and addiction, to its potential cancer-fighting capabilities, to improving sleep.

Today, I’m going to talk about another compound derived from the cannabis plant that you might not be familiar with…yet. It’s currently a relative unknown, compared to CBD. But it may not stay that way for long. I’m talking about cannabinol, or CBN.

This cannabis-derived compound may have benefits for sleep, along with other benefits for health and treatment for illness and disease. Ready to go under the radar and learn a bit about a natural plant compound that could be an up and comer as a natural sleep therapy?

What is CBN?

Like CBD,

A New Method For Testing Sleep Problems 0

A New Method For Testing Sleep Problems

In the past week, I have seen two research studies that both involved blood testing for sleep disorders. But before I tell you about one of those you will find most interesting, let me first answer the question: Why on earth would we even consider looking at your blood when it comes to sleep? I will give you 3 reasons:

  • Your Thyroid. These are a TON of data to show that a malfunctioning thyroid can have a huge effect on your sleep. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid, appears to be related to sleep apnea, and weight gain. And Hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) can be the cause of many forms of insomnia. Also, if you have Hashimotos hypothyroidism (where you go from Hypo to hyper all the time) can really wreak havoc on a person’s sleep.
  • Vitamin D. There is a national deficiency in this area. But we know this effects your energy levels and sleep (see my blog: on Vitamin D), but recent research indicates that Vitamin D may influence both sleep quality and sleep quantity.
  • No one has enough of this