Quitting Smoking: Unlocking the Door to Restful Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 19, 2024 9:28:00 AM

Sleep is an essential aspect of our overall well-being, playing a crucial role in maintaining our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many people struggle with sleep disturbances, and smoking has been identified as a significant contributor to these problems. However, there is good news. By making the brave decision to quit smoking, you can unlock the door to restful sleep and embark on a journey towards improved health and vitality.

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Topics: Insomnia, smoking

Six Tips for When You Can't Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 24, 2023 6:52:00 PM

Trouble sleeping is a problem that affects everyone at one point or another. Sometimes the issues is just for a night or two because you're feeling anxious, or you're not sleeping in your bed, etc. Some times the issue is over a long period of time, or chronic. That can negatively affect your life in a major way.

If you can't sleep, there are a few tricks that you can try to help you get your z's. Continue reading to learn more about why you can't sleep and what you can do to improve your sleep.  

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Topics: Insomnia

Treating Both Insomnia and Depression

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 3, 2023 11:44:00 AM

Both insomnia and depression are interrelated conditions that can worsen the other. The good news about this is that treating one, often improves the other, and treating both can drastically improve the quality of your life. 

The link between them is bidirectional. Worsening depression, often leads to insomnia. And an inability to sleep, often leads to worsening depressive feelings, as sleep is required for mental wellbeing. Continue reading to learn more about how treating both conditions works to improve the other.  

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How to Function on Zero Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Oct 20, 2023 4:55:00 PM

Sleepless nights are no bueno, but some times they are just unavoidable. However, just because you got a bad night of sleep doesn't mean that the day gets to stop. You still have to keep going the next day, which can seem nearly impossible.

In fact, functioning on no sleep is similar to driving with a blood alcohol of 0.05%. This can put you at risk for accidents, impair your memory, and increase the likelihood of creating false memories.

If you have a poor night of sleep for some reason, then it's important that you find ways to function safely and at the most optimal level you can manage. Nothing can fully make up for a lack of sleep, however, there are some things that you can do to help you stay up after a sleepless night, enough to function at a baseline level to get through all the tasks that you need to achieve. Continue reading to learn more about how to function on zero sleep. 

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Going Back to Sleep After Waking Up - 8 Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 23, 2023 6:33:00 AM


Getting sleep as an essential part of life. However sometimes their interruptions that cause us to wake up in the middle of the night. This is known as wake after sleep onset, or WASO.  Sleep quality is as important as sleep quantity.  If you are waking up repeatedly throughout the middle of the night and you are not going to get the good sleep that you need. It is recommended that adults receive 7 to 8 hours of sleep period this does not just count as time in the bed but it also counts as actual time sleeping. So if you're in the bed for eight hours, but you wake up repeatedly throughout the middle of the night calm and then you are actually only getting maybe 6 to 7 hours of sleep. This can be detrimental over the long term as it can lead to mental health disturbances, mood disturbances, excessive daytime sleepiness, among other symptoms of sleep deprivation.

Therefore if you do wake up in the middle of the night, whether that's due to a baby crying or some other interruption, it's important that you learn how to fall back asleep. Here are 8 tips for how to fall back asleep after you wake up in the middle of the night.

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Topics: Insomnia

Dealing with Insomnia After Smoking Cessation

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 21, 2023 4:35:00 PM

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. But, the side effects of it can be unbearable. That's why so many smokers fail to quit smoking. One of those horrible side effects is insomnia. Around 2% of people who quit smoking struggle with insomnia and 80% of preexisting sleep disturbances worsened during abstinence. A lack of sleep negatively impacts so many areas of one's life, including their mood, productivity and attention. Due to these side effects, the rate of successful smoking cessation goes down. 

However, if you could find ways to overcome this insomnia, then your chances of quitting smoking could hopefully increase. Insomnia is a very common symptom, but there are ways to overcome it that don't involve starting over on all the hard work you've done. Here are tips for overcoming insomnia while giving up smoking!   

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Topics: Insomnia

Natural Remedies for Insomnia and Sleep Troubles

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 10, 2023 11:28:23 AM

Sleep is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being. However, many people struggle with insomnia and sleep troubles, which can significantly impact their quality of life. While there are various medications available to treat sleep disorders, natural remedies can offer a gentle and effective alternative. In this blog post, we will explore some natural remedies for insomnia and sleep troubles that you can try to promote better sleep and overall health.

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Topics: Insomnia

What is Sleep Therapy and CBTi?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 5, 2023 7:53:00 AM

When you aren't sleeping well, many aspects of your life seem to not go well. You can't concentrate, you aren't motivated, and you start to see an increase in conflict in your interpersonal relationships. 

Improving sleep can be done in a stepwise fashion through addressing the root of the issue. Sometimes it's a sleep disorder, which you can identify through a polysomnography. Those are more straightforward than causes such as a mental health disorder, or worse, then unknown. If you are struggling with sleep, and can't seem to be able to change it on your own, then you may need some help. 

Sleep therapy may offer you the support and direction you need to establish why you are not sleeping well. Getting adequate sleep is important, as sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your life. Continue reading to learn more about what sleep therapy can do for you!

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How to Manage Sleep Problems Associated with Alcoholism

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 10, 2023 5:58:00 AM

Alcoholics are those that abuse alcohol and drink it in excess. Among the other health problems they may face, such as liver disease, obesity, heart disease, and neurological disorders, sleep is another aspect of their lives that can be disrupted. Alcohol may help individuals fall asleep faster, but this is about the only benefit alcohol has towards sleep. 

Alcohol does not allow sleepers to enter the phase "deep sleep" which is important for restoration and next-day function. The more alcohol that one consumes, the more this sleep is interrupted. Abstinence from alcohol can further exacerbate sleep issues, increasing sleep latency, and leading to other health issues like insomnia. Continue reading to learn how to manage sleep problems associated with alcoholism. 

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Topics: Insomnia, alcohol

How Heavy Your Weighted Blanket Should Be

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 26, 2023 8:29:00 AM

Weighted blankets are becoming more and more popular with sleepers who struggle with insomnia or nighttime anxiety. Weighted blankets must have enough pressure to induce a calming feeling in order to be effective. However, this pressure needs to be balanced so the user doesn't feel suffocated by the blanket throughout the night. Here, we are going to discuss the proper dimensions of your heavy blanket, so you can ensure you are using one that truly helps, instead of hurts, your sleep. 

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Topics: Insomnia

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