Trouble Sleeping?  Try One of These 7 Yummy Drinks

Do you have trouble sleeping?  Are you tired of being tired?

Trouble sleeping?

Trouble sleeping? One of these 7 yummy drinks may help you sleep better!

We all know that caffeinated drinks can prevent sweet slumber and that all caffeinated drinks should be avoided before bedtime if we have trouble sleeping. But these 7 yummy drinks naturally benefit you and encourage quality sleep! No need to avoid them before going to bed. In fact, we suggest you give at least one of the following 7 drinks a try before retiring for the day:

  1. Peppermint tea
  2. Chamomile tea
  3. Raw honey
  4. Carob powder
  5. Almond milk
  6. Tart cherry juice
  7. Chai seed drink

If you happen to be a tea lover, reach for peppermint tea to promote stress relief, weight loss, better skin and relief of bloating.

Chamomile tea is a nerve relaxant that relieves anxiety, depression and stress. Enjoy a good night’s sleep after sipping a cup of this floral tea. For an added benefit, inhale its wonderful fragrance while it steeps.

Raw honey is especially beneficial when added to a hot drink such as tea.  Honey settles coughs and also stabilizes blood sugar levels which promotes sleep.

Is hot chocolate your “cup of tea”? Try replacing the cocoa in your hot chocolate with carob powder.  It has great benefits and is more healthful than cocoa.  It contains serotonin which promotes a good night’s sleep.

Almond milk is high in tryptophan and magnesium. Both of these ingredients are beneficial to quality sleep if you have trouble sleeping.

Tart cherry juice contains melatonin which increases relaxation and sleepiness.

Finally, chai seed is a “super food” containing omega fatty acids which promote quality sleep.

Click on the link below, and enjoy the entire article.  Drink a healthful cup of yummy before you go to bed, kick your trouble sleeping to the curb and enjoy that needed good night’s sleep!

http://dailyhealthpost.com/7-drinks-that-help-you-sleep-better/

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630) 369-5508.

Middle-Aged? Not Enough Sleep? Suffer Cognitive Decline?

Middle-aged people who sleep 6-9 hours each night have better cognitive thinking and memory.

Avoid cognitive decline

Avoid cognitive decline with 6-9 hours of sleep each night

As we age, dementia and cognitive decline become important matters to think about.  It is very important to get plenty of sleep.

Studies show that it does not matter what country you live in, or what cultural or economic or environmental differences there are between them, similar patterns emerge.

In several countries, the following data was reported from 50-year-olds.

  1. Men had higher quality of sleep than women.
  2. Women experienced longer sleep.
  3. Men and women that had too much sleep/or not enough sleep had significantly low cognitive scores.

Sleep is so important in our lives! Unfortunately, it is so under valued, too.

Please read more on how sleep and health are closely related.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/06/17/good-sleep-in-middle-age-can-improve-cognition/71317.html

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630) 369-5508.

The Dangers of Junk Sleep

Do you ever wonder why your sleep is interrupted?

junk sleep

Reduce the dangers of junk sleep

Do you have gadgets, you know, cell phones, tablets, lap tops and MP3 players in your bedroom at night?

Did you know that these technological devices are more popular than TV’s in bedrooms?

Does your cell phone serve as your morning alarm?

Technology is interfering with your sleep. If you want quality sleep, it’s time to re-think having these gadgets in the bedroom with you at night.

For quality sleep:

  1. Shut off all devices at night.
  2. Use an “old school” alarm clock.
  3. Leave all technological devices in another room.

Watch this video about how you can reduce The Dangers of Junk Sleep at http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/health/junk-sleep-live-longer

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630) 369-5508.

Can Foods Promote Good Sleep? Which Foods Help?

Fact:  Sugary foods cause energy levels to crash and burn. Sugary foods bring on insomnia.

Good foods promote good sleep

Good foods promote good sleep

Everyone knows how kids react after eating foods high in sugar. They’re hyper, loud and quite often difficult to put to sleep. This is because when sudden, drastic changes in energy levels occur, insomnia is induced. You are left feeling tired, sluggish and unprepared for the new day. This raises the question,  “If foods can induce insomnia, can foods promote good sleep, too? If so, which foods actually help your quality of sleep?”

If you eat foods containing these four essentials, you will promote good sleep:

  • Melatonin
  • Iron
  • Tryptophan
  • Magnesium

Melatonin – Melatonin is a hormone provided by the body. It is often taken in supplemental form by those dealing with jet lag or changing work hours. Melatonin is also found in foods such as barley-based beer, almonds, walnuts, tomatoes and red wine.

Iron –Do you suffer from restless leg syndrome (characterized by restlessness and insomnia)? This may be caused in part by iron deficiencies. Foods containing iron include chicken liver, oysters, beef liver, turkey, beans, spinach, raisins, lentils and oatmeal.

Tryptophan – Ever wonder why after a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal you feel so sleepy? It’s not because you’re hosting a lot of people for a lot of dinner (well, maybe). It’s because you ate turkey. Turkey, eggs, nuts, milk, peanut butter, sesame seeds, soy and pumpkin seeds all contain tryptophan, an acid essential for the body. An increase in tryptophan equals an increase in melatonin.

Magnesium – Magnesium supplementation improves insomnia. It also increases sleep time and early-morning waking in older adults. Foods that contain magnesium include almonds, spinach, cashews, peanuts, cereal, black beans and soy milk.

If you’re struggling with insomnia, eat foods that promote good sleep and schedule an appointment with us here at Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois. Call (630) 369-5508. We are passionate about helping you sleep well.

I  wish you success on your journey to better sleep!

Dr. Lydia Sosenko is a general dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.  She offers state-of-the-art snoring and apnea relief through professional oral appliance therapy. She may be reached through www.TiredOfSnoring.com.

Can Autoimmune Disorders Lead to Sleep Problems?

Autoimmune disorders can lead to sleep problems

Is your sleep interrupted by aches and pains?

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and stress and fatigue?

Is sleep apnea a warning sign of autoimmune disorders?

Can autoimmune disorders lead to sleep problems? Studies now show this is a fact. Many people suffer from autoimmune disorders, and their pain can be significant.

Here are ten suggestions to help manage sleep problems:

  1. Create a regular bedtime routine and sleep schedule
  2. Use extra pillows to support painful joints
  3. Enjoy good nutrition and exercise daily
  4. Keep a comfortable temperature in the bedroom (Around 64 degrees is suggested)
  5. Wear comfortable sleep clothing
  6. Try to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night
  7. Try to manage pain with routine massage therapy sessions
  8. Stop alcohol and caffeine consumption well before bedtime
  9. Try acupuncture, meditation or Yoga
  10. Ask your doctor if changes in medication are necessary

Read more on how restful sleep can improve your autoimmune symptoms here:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/autoimmune-disorders/getting-sleep-with-autoimmune-disease.aspx

Don’t put up with sleep problems any longer! See a sleep specialist and allow them to help solve your sleep difficulties.

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630)369-5508.

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