How Do I Stop Worrying and Get to Sleep?

A lot of the time, we worry about sleep. In doing so, stress ourselves out creating a negative feedback loop. But there is a way to stop worrying and get to sleep. If you can’t sleep, I would bet that you have some negative self-talk going on. Do any of these ring a bell? I won’t be able to work/exercise/(insert activity) tomorrow if I don’t sleep. It’s such a normal human function but somehow I Read more…

What Does It Feel Like to Be Living With Chronic Insomnia?

Living with chronic insomnia can be torturous. It is an emotionally numbing yet simultaneously neurotic existence that can be a physically painful, anxiety inducing hell. Those with chronic insomnia know how awful and debilitating it can be. The dread of another night rolling around and facing the fact that you ‘have to sleep’ but still won’t. The anxiety and panic of laying awake, yet again. Shallow breathing, tight chest, a racing heart, and feeling clammy Read more…

Can you learn to feel rested on less sleep?

I often encounter people who say they sleep a full night and don’t have insomnia. But still, they want to learn to live off of 5-6 hours per night and still feel rested. This just isn’t physically possible unless you are one of the few with a specific mutation of the DEC2 gene6 or ADRB1 gene7. For now, your goal is to sleep your average. But know that it’s just temporary since you won’t feel Read more…

6 Natural Sleep Aids To Help You Fall Asleep

Natural sleep aids,  aka. vitamins and minerals, isn’t a magic potion. This is some legitimate stuff that your body needs and can very much affect your sleeping patterns. Disclaimer: check with your doctor or pharmacist before you take anything. They can potentially interact with existing medications. Zinc Despite the fact that our bodies only require a very small amount of zinc, this trace mineral plays a very important role in our health. Some of the Read more…

Do Sleep Trackers Work?

The long of the short of it: Sleep trackers do not work. Not even the most expensive ones you can buy work. They are exceptionally limited devices that only measure when you are moving or not8. As an insomniac, I’m sure you’ve laid completely still for hours at a time yet remained wide awake. A sleep tracker would record that as sleep. Conversely, it might record that you’re awake when you’re in fact sleeping, especially Read more…

13 Eye-Opening Side Effects of Insomnia

Insomnia is truly an awful thing to experience, but the side effects of insomnia can be so much worse than not sleeping. If it gets bad enough, it becomes nearly impossible to live a normal life. The physical pain and the mental torture can (and usually does) happen to anyone with insomnia, and it can get worse the longer you have it. The reason for this is when you sleep, your body is repairing itself Read more…