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Cannabis As a Sleep Aide?
My dad spent the last two years of his life in a skilled nursing facility. He’d complain about the nightly noise—the screams, shrieks and cries of dementia patients—that made sleeping difficult. My dad liked biscuits. I like cannabis.
One day I made hashish biscuits and delivered them to my dad around dinner time. I returned the next day and asked my dad how he slept.
Insomnia cases have quadrupled, and sleep apnea cases have increased five-fold in the U.S. military over a decade, according to a recent study.
Do Sleep Problems Cause Mental Illness? Or Are They A Symptom Of It?
Americans are quite sleep deprived these days, but what you might not know is all of that not sleeping could be affecting your mental well-being. Or, is it that your mental health is leading to sleepless nights and yawn-filled days? The data paints a picture: Nearly one in five Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health. Even more surprising, a whopping 50 to 80 percent of people living with typical psychiatric illnesses also report chronic sleep problems, compared to less than 20 percent of the general population.
Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses.
Sleep Deprivation: Is There A Cure For It?
Mark Zielinski knew he was onto something when his mice stopped sleeping. Normally, the animals woke and would sleep on a 12-hour cycle. When the lights were on in the lab, the mice were active. When it went dark on a timer, down they went. But Zielinski, who teaches psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, had recently tweaked their schedule to keep the mice up past their bedtime.
Find A Reason For Your Insomnia
Instead of counting sheep, try tallying the many things that can cause insomnia, such as sleeping pills, nighttime noshing, stress and hormonal changes.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? Ernest Hemingway
Everybody enjoys a good night’s sleep. While there are different theories about why we first evolved the ability to sleep, it seems essential in purging the brain‘s toxins, promoting rest and regeneration, and even helping the brain encode new memories.
Yoga: Can it be cured by insomnia?
During my many years of teaching the science of yoga, one of the struggles that many people experience in their life is insomnia, especially entrepreneurs. Due to a hectic lifestyle, business owners will find themselves laying awake at night, preoccupied with their thoughts. As a result, my clients frequently ask me, “Can yoga help me to sleep better?”
If you’ve mastered the art of “sleep hygiene” at bedtime – drawing the black-out blinds, having a hot bath, meditating for 10 minutes and keeping the bedroom for sex and sleep only – yet you’re still plagued by sleepless nights, a new book suggests there may be a little more to it.
YOU know you’ve been awake for hours, but you dare not check the little electronic numbers on your bedside clock for fear of inducing a wave of panic.
You don’t need to look anyway, because you know exactly what they will say: “It’s early in the morning and you will be exhausted tomorrow.”
Your partner’s snores are usually a mere irritant, but in that quiet, liminal world of insomnia they take on a horrific, maddening dimension. Why can everyone else sleep except you?
If these mental roundabouts sound familiar, then take heart: you are most definitely not alone.
In homes across the state, there are plenty of Victorians burning the midnight oil, not because they have a herculean-like stamina, but because they are at war with their desperately tired bodies that refuse to drift off to sleep.
So, what exactly is insomnia? And how do you know if you have it or are just going through a phase?
Insomnia is defined in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or having non-restorative sleep (despite opportunity for sleep), together with associated impairment of daytime functioning, with symptoms being present for at least four weeks.
Dr David Cunnington, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre director, differentiates between two types: acute and the less-common chronic iteration.
“Acute insomnia is where there are a certain set of circumstances that are causing sleeplessness, such as stress or illness, and this could last for a few days, sometimes a few weeks, but after that it passes,” Cunnington says.
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