Medical research is big business in this country. But historically very little of this money has gone to insomnia research. For decades, those with insomnia were regarded as "silent sufferers," often going undiagnosed, even when seeking help.
Lay writings about soursop as a sleep aid are easy to find. In the West Indies, soursop leaves are commonly used as a sedative. In the Netherlands Antilles, the leaves are brewed to make a beverage that enhances sleep. The leaves can also be put into one's pillowcase to enhance sleep.
Sometimes your anxieties can gnaw at you like a pebble in your shoe. Then the next thing you know they are keeping you awake at night. One possible solution to insomnia is to put together a musical playlist that will work on your mind and body like your own personal lullaby.
During this time following the Newtown tragedy, people may find that they have a hard time "shutting their brains off." The more they fight to quiet their minds, the more they struggle to sleep. The goal in this situation is to prevent the acute problem from developing into a chronic problem.
Largely as a result of the untenable demands of modern lifestyle, far too many of us continue to struggle with insomnia. Let's face it, those bottomless to-do lists persistently trump our need for rest, recreation and, of course, sleep.
Imagine you have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you can't fall asleep at night or you wake up in the middle of the night and you're unable to get back to sleep. Maybe this has been going on for a few months -- or maybe years.
If sleep is my recess from a busy shift at work, insomnia is the playground mafioso, sauntering over to my place of business, demanding precious hours of sleep like it is some chump-change that I can spare.
Our biological clocks are stubborn creatures -- they don't like change. Because of our busy schedules and our constant exposure to light, our body clocks are often caught in a vicious, out-of-sync cycle.
Sleep and I have a dysfunctional relationship. So it's time. Sleep and I need a therapist. Yesterday, the Huffington Post Media Group and LARK launched their new wellness initiative, The Great Wake-Up Program.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh tested a treatment known as Brief Behavioral Therapy Intervention (BBTI). BBTI is just what it sounds like: a short-term, highly targeted course of counseling, targeted at changing a person's behaviors.