Like most, I have a passion for traveling. I’ve been lucky enough to see some great places, but my “bucket list” of traveling isn’t nearly complete. I was recently able to speak with Paul Steele of BaldHiker.com. Paul’s blog is always an incredible read, as he goes in-depth on places he’s been, unique foods that he has tried, and more.
Sleep, which is a heightened anabolic state, is much more than just something you do when you’re exhausted. There are different stages of sleep (like the NREM and REM stages), functions of sleep (such as Ontogensis and Preservation), and also other interesting factors, such as how certain foods can affect your sleep.
There are nights when I am so exhausted I fall asleep completely dressed. Then there are those nights when I can’t stop tossing and turning and staring at the clock. It’s frustrating watching the numbers on the clock fly by and the hours I have left to sleep quickly dwindle. Six hours. Five hours. Four hours. Three hours. Once morning comes, and I have somehow managed to fall asleep, my eyes are left swollen and my body completely sore. I don’t just want more sleep. I want better sleep. If you are struggling with falling asleep and staring at the clock too, try these seven sleeping tips, so you can start getting a good night’s rest.
As you know by now from my blog, I certainly have an invested interest when it comes to studying sleep. With that said, I recently took to Twitter to ask all of you what your #1 tweetable sleeping tip would be, and we definitely received some great answers.
We have all woken up with a dreaded sore neck, achy back or pulsing headache from a night of sleep discomfort. If you are finding yourself regularly waking to pain, it is time to try new sleeping tips. Some of the worst neck pain I have ever experienced was over a year ago when I slept with my head too high. My pillow had recently lost most of its fluff and felt like I was sleeping on a bag of sand. A new pillow was quickly added to my shopping list. That night as the store, I found myself staring at a long row of pillows in different degrees of firmness and prices. I was a little tight that month on money and bought the fluffiest five dollar pillow on the shelf. Huge mistake! The next month my head was so much higher than my back that every single morning I woke with every kind of pain possible. It didn’t matter what sleeping position I tried, my head was too high! The pillow was tossed, and a new firm one replaced it. Now with a comfortable pillow, I could focus on my sleeping positions and wake up pain-free. Here are six sleeping positions listed from worst to best to help you know which ones to avoid.
Dreaming is an outlet for our minds. It is something everyone does and is often our brain working through daily personal problems we are struggling with. My dreams are always so vivid and when I wake, I find myself going over and over them. I want to know the meaning of dreams and what my mind is trying to tell me. Below are five common occurring themes that make their way into many people’s sleep along with the dream interpretation for each one.
One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was walk through motorhomes and RVs with my dad during the summer. We always picked out the biggest, most expensive ones and would drool over how amazing they were as we would walk through them. Our summers were spent camping in tents, and although we never bought a RV, it didn’t stop us from dreaming. Even today I find myself walking through RVs for fun and hoping one day I will have one for traveling with family and friends. If you are anything like me, then you are going to love these five expensive RVs that have everything you could ever dream up.
Today there is a magic pill for almost everything. You have a headache? Here’s a pill. You are nauseous? Take this. Feeling exhausted? Pop one of these. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, she was terrified of all the symptoms she would face from chemotherapy. To everyone’s surprise, most of the symptoms were lessened with the help of additional medication. One of her temporary symptoms was insomnia. The doctor prescribed her with sleeping pills to help her relax and sleep through the night for the length of her chemotherapy. This is the beauty of modern medicine. In the midst of sorrow, pain, and sleepless nights, there are medications to help aid the body to perform and function normally. But with the good, also comes the bad. In times of sleep deprivation, people desperately seek out the help of medical professionals for an aid to help them get much-needed rest. Every year, millions of people take sleeping pills without knowing the risks or negatives that come from using them. You know what dangers smoking cigarettes can pose on your body, but do you know that sleeping pills can be just as deadly?
While having a conversation with an acquaintance, I mentioned my love for camping. Her reaction was, “Ugh! Sleeping in a tent with dirt…and bugs…and nothing to do sounds miserable!” I was about to tell her she obviously knew nothing about camping, but decided to bite my tongue.
I think many of us can appreciate that camping isn’t just sitting around a fire singing Kumbaya and sleeping with a bunch of dirty bugs! It’s about exploring the world, actually seeing nature, and experiencing things you don’t get to in the busy city or everyday life. If camping is nothing but dirt and bugs to you, then you need to up your camping trips to more exciting places. If camping is an “Ugh!” experience for you, then try out these nine incredible camp sites and let me know what you still have to say about camping.
When I graduated from high school, my parents took us on a road trip from New York City all the way to Kansas. It was an awesome experience that we all crossed off our bucket-lists. Yet as much as I would like to tell people the five of us in one car for two weeks was nothing but smiles, laughter and flawless site-seeing, it was far from perfect.
First off, my dad is a terrible driver in traffic. Horrible. We kept missing one little turn over and over and over. We had to pay to cross a bridge every single time we missed that simple turn, and after three hours of driving the same two bridges, my dad started driving straight through the tolls. Yep, he stopped paying. Three of us were screaming for him to stop, while my sister was begging for him to pull-over because she was car sick.