Tag: alternative treatments for insomnia

When It’s Time to Sleep… Buckle Up?

There are some outrageous sleep aids out there. The strap you put around your jaw to keep your mouth shut, tucking a tennis ball into your clothes to keep you from rolling over, and your standard mouthpiece. Some of these are tested and true, do what they’re supposed to do and are only slightly uncomfortable. The human body can adapt to almost anything you throw at it so it’s easy to get used to putting a mouthpiece in every night. Of all the strangest sleep aids that are out there one of the most interesting right now has to be the 2breathe wearable device that looks an awful lot like a belt. It seems to work, though, so perhaps it’s worth the price:

2breathe Technologies Ltd., a pioneer in developing digital therapeutic devices, today announced that 2breathe, a new smart, connected device tackling sleeplessness via a patented guided-breathing technology, is now publicly available. The new product, will be showcased at Israel’s premier health and life sciences industry event IATI-BIOMED on May 26, 2016.

2breathe broadly-patented technology grew out of a FDA-cleared device for non-drug treatment of hypertension and stress, RESPeRATE, used by hundreds of thousands of doctors and patients.  RESPeRATE’s one “side effect” was that users reported dozing off during the session and improved sleep. The Company adapted the technology for smartphones and created the 2breathe platform to induce sleep.

2breathe uses smart, connected technology to deliver the ancient wisdom of sleep-inducing breathing exercises in an easy and effective manner. A sensor worn around the torso picks up the user’s inhale and exhale movements sending it to an iOS app via low energy Bluetooth. The app transforms, in real time, the breathing into tones that gradually guide the user to prolonged exhalation and slow breathing. Within minutes, neural sympathetic activity is reduced, the user begins to disassociate from both external and internal stimuli, and the mind and body relax into sleep. Once sleep is detected, 2breathe automatically shuts off and generates a report showing the falling asleep process breath-by-breath.

“We believe that tracking sleep is nice, but inducing sleep is better,” said Erez Gavish, Co-Founder and CEO. “164 million Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week which is not surprising considering the extent of modern day work schedules and life stresses. We’re excited to be able to offer a real breakthrough to help those who can not ‘shut off’ their minds and fall asleep.”

2breathe was recently introduced to the Japanese market by Teijin, Japan’s largest sleep provider and is now available to consumers for $179.95 directly at www.2breathe.com.

Via: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2breathe-unveils-first-smart-device-to-induce-sleep-300265446.html

This brings new meaning to being snug and tight in your bed. The only major downside might be to those who sleep on their stomachs. Having the buckle right under your ribs and crushed under your body weight may have some impact on how the product works. If you otherwise suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, this relatively natural way to fall asleep without the use of medication might be just what you need. It’s interesting that it induces sleep and one can’t help but wonder the effect it may have on those who snore. For bedroom technology this is definitely something to keep an eye one.

How Smart Is Your Bed?

Snoring is one of those issues that plagues more people than you probably realize. In fact, you may snore yourself and just not know it! If you sleep alone you probably are in the dark on any potential snoring issues. When there’s no one there to stab you in the side because you’re keeping them awake, it’s hard to see you have an issue. There are several causes, and treatments, for snoring. Some of the major causes are being overweight, smoking or drinking heavily before bed, stress and plain old muscle relaxation. You can exercise, scale back on bad habits and do yoga to reduce your stress but it’s a bit hard to combat muscles relaxing. Unless you have super control of your muscles. Then that’s a different story.

When your muscles relax too much your tongue will fall to the back of your throat and the muscles will loosen. This vibration on loose flesh is what causes the sound we’re all to familiar with. Various mouthpieces designed to either push your jaw forward to increase airflow (like: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet) or hold your tongue in place ((like: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution)can assist with this issue.

But what else can you do?

As our houses get smarter and smarter technology is slowly creeping into the bedroom:

After a full day of meetings at CES 2017, I noticed a few trends that could bubble up beyond some of the bigger ones that get a lot of the media’s attention. Roaming around a large hotel ballroom (The Mirage Events Center, actually) during the Pepcom Digital Experience event, I noticed a LOT of individual products, but some of them have coalesced into themes to watch during the year.

Technology hits the bedroom

Humans spend about 1/3 of their life sleeping or trying to sleep, so it’s been interesting to see that products are finally addressing our needs for a better night’s sleep. Companies and products like Smart Nora, the Zeeq Smart Pillow and Sleepace all have different approaches towards alleviating the annoyance of someone snoring (alleviating for the partner, since it probably doesn’t bother you if you’re the snorer). Different approaches are used by some of the products – the Nora device, for example, uses a small device that raises the pillow slightly to get you to move when snoring is detected through its sound sensor. The Zeeq includes speakers (which let you play music to help you get to sleep) that can activate when it detects snoring.

The big company in this space is Sleep Number Bed, which was at the event showing off its new Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed. The entire mattress system includes the anti-snoring approach (the bed adjusts the position when snoring is detected), but also includes a warming feature, biometric sensors and other health data abilities to help customers get their 40 winks in an easier manner.

Via: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3155005/consumer-electronics/ces-2017-early-trends-and-thoughts.html

A bevvy of cold-footed humans are very excited about the warming feature but for snorers, to have a bed that will automatically tilt you to help stop snoring is a great idea. If your bed does it for you there’s no need to stab  your partner in the ribs or be concerned that your snoring is shaking the windows and you don’t know it.

While some people might be hesitant to have technology in their beds, others will see it as progressive. There’s no denying that these are all fantastic ideas, but they are going to cost you a pretty penny. Before you get too wrapped up in the idea of buying a smart bed, maybe you should start saving your nickels and dimes. While it might take you a while to save for it, it’ll be that much sweeter when you can afford it.

Surprising Treatment for Insomnia

acupuncture-1Picture this: it’s 4am. Your alarm is going to start blaring in a few short hours telling you to get out of bed and get ready for the work day. You’ve been trying to fall asleep for the last three hours to no avail. This is not the first time you’ve sat up at such an ungodly hour only to run over the grocery list in your mind for the umpteenth time.

This probably won’t be the last, either. That is, unless you get treatment.

Chances are you’re suffering from insomnia. That annoying, and potentially deadly, sleep disorder that keeps you up at all hours of the night only to make you feel sleepy and unproductive during the day.

There are various ways to treat sleep issues and they don’t always rely on medication. For a snoring issue, as an example, most folks try the ZQuiet mouthpiece (review here). Meanwhile, for insomnia, a lot of folks turn to sleeping pills. But, many people are afraid to take sleeping pills because they worry about developing a dependence on them. Would you be surprised to know that changing your diet and the practice of acupuncture might help with your sleeplessness?

“Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care …”

Truly, it adds insult to injury at 3 a.m. that a quote from Macbeth should rattle around in the head of someone with a life as mundane as mine.

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As many as 30 to 35 percent of adults report insomnia ‘” difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep ‘” according to the National Sleep Foundation. The problem is more common in adults who are older, in women, in people who are stressed and those with medical issues or problems such as depression.

While some people have problems such as sleep apnea that require medical attention, alternative approaches and changes in lifestyle can be helpful for many.

Joanne Neville, clinical director at Southwest Acupuncture College, in Gunbarrel, says sleep issues are “probably one of our top five ailments people come seeking acupuncture for in our clinic. We treat about 800 patients (total) a month, so that’s a lot of people who have sleep issues.”

Neville says the clinic generally combines acupuncture with Chinese herbs.

“Auricular (ear) acupuncture is really excellent for resetting the mind,” she says. “It helps to calm a person down. We incorporate a lot of that for sleep issues.”

Clinicians also assess pain levels, since some people sleep poorly because of pain, as well as problems with anxiety and potential issues with diet. The combination of acupuncture and herbs is tailored to each individual.

“Three people can come in with insomnia and three people may go out with a completely different formula,” she says. “We treat what we see.”

Nutritional therapist Esther Cohen says many of her clients report sleep issues. She says our lifestyles are overstimulating us.

Via: http://www.dailycamera.com/lifestyles/ci_30228496/acupuncture-diet-may-help-sleep-problems

While many people think of acupuncture for tension headaches and irritable bowels, not many are familiar with all the benefits of this ancient Chinese medicine. The beauty of a customized treatment is that it makes you special. It targets your specific sleep issues and works at balancing your body. It can be frustrating to try something friends or family have done to combat your particular issue only to have it not work for you. With acupuncture you know that the treatment plan that is laid out for you is specifically for you.

Acupuncture used to be one of those mystical medicinal practices that celebrities used. It was under scrutiny in the West as the benefits weren’t completely obvious. That’s what happens any time a new medicine is brought to a new country. Now acupuncture is more mainstream and easier to find.

If you’re having troubles with your sleep, or lack thereof, it might be in your best interests to meet with an acupuncturist and get those tiny needles stuck in your skin. That is, as long as it won’t make you squeamish.