Saturday, 26 November 2011

What do you do while you sleep?

Sleep seems to be a time when passive and so quiet. Yet sleep can be filled with activities, sometimes entertaining and sometimes dangerous. The parasomnia is an unusual behavior during sleep, ranging from the simple act of sitting up in bed or to mutter, preparing a sandwich or to drive a car - all while asleep.

Do you eat while you sleep?

If you have noticed the telltale signs of eating at night - as a lack of appetite for breakfast, an unexplained disorder in your kitchen - it may be that you are suffering from a disorder parasomnia hyperphagic.

As does walking during sleep, eating during sleep occurs during slow wave sleep. Like a sleepwalker, he who eats in his sleep will stand up and walk around asleep, in this case headed for food. Even if he continues to sleep with open eyes, the eater sleepwalker can cook and eat a meal or snack. Obviously, this can be dangerous! Pans may remain switched on and the knives are dangerous in it. But the sudden weight gain and the risk to food in the case of people with type 2 diabetes may pose other risks.

Are you talking in your sleep?

Talking in his sleep or Sleep talking is relatively common. The words may take the form of statements isolated, grumbling, or gibberish made up of random words and repetitive. What is said is often overlooked or misunderstood by anyone who could hear it. These words can be heard during any period of sleep and occur more often in children.

We do not know why it is called during sleep, but it could be related to dreams. Sometimes this kind of gossip can be a symptom of more serious sleep disorder or a mental disorder, but in most cases, the Sleep talking is safe.

You shout in your sleep?

A person in full night terrors suddenly sits up in bed screaming and uttering shrill cries. His heart beat at high speed and his eyes are wide open. But the person is still asleep and in fact it can be very difficult to wake someone who is in a state of night terrors. Once conscious, the person is disoriented.

Night terrors are emerging from the deep sleep, which distinguishes them from the nightmares are dreams that occur during REM (rapid eye movement sleep). Sometimes an image may appear frightening, like spiders or horrible characters. However, unlike someone who awakens from a terrifying nightmare, the person who suffers from night terrors do not wake up during the episode and what it remembers warning may vary depending on the person. Children suffer more often from night terrors, although they tend to be detached. Night terrors in adults are often associated with a mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder or depression.

Simulate your dreams while you sleep?

Our brains work hard to create a safe environment to dream great things. When we sleep, and that progressively enters the stage of dreams or the phase of rapid eye movement sleep or REM sleep, nerve signals are closing most of our motor functions. This temporary paralysis prevents us from falling off our bed when, for example, we dream that we drive down a hill. However, people who suffer from a disorder of REM sleep behavior can move their limbs as they dream and give punches, kicks, grab or pounce. Unlike night terrors, people who experience this type of disorder can sometimes remember these dreams penetrating waking up the next day.

The idea of
​​simulating dreams may seem fun at first, but this type of disorder can be dangerous (especially for the person who sleeps next door) and also be an indicator of underlying problem. If symptoms of conduct disorder in REM sleep, it is best to talk to her doctor, because this type of symptom occurs frequently in people with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease.

Individually, the activities parasomnia can be relatively harmless or at most to the subject of a great conversation. However, each of these events in sleep may be sufficient to affect the overall quality of sleep and thus the health and safety in general. If you're in this situation, keep a log of your activities during your sleep. Ask your spouse, family member or your roommate to notify you of your sleep unusual behavior he witnesses. Check with your doctor if he can help you find a quiet sleep.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Sleepwalking is a fascinating phenomenon and surprisingly common, with about 15% of children aged 5 to 12 years will experience at least one episode of sleepwalking. Moreover, it is likely that the person does not know her sleepwalking state unless of injury during his nocturnal activities or be informed by a witness who attends his night wandering.

Sleepwalking occurs during slow-wave sleep. This is the part of peaceful sleep where dreams are less frequent. The activity of the dream does not occur during sleepwalking. In fact, brain activity is more comparable to that of a person awake to that of a sleeping person.

Sleepwalking is more common in young children than in adults and tends to disappear with time. There is also a familial tendency to somnambulism. In children, anxiety, or poor sleep habits are the causes that trigger sleepwalking. Similarly, in adults, lack of sleep, too much stress or anxiety can cause it to get out of bed and cause sleepwalking activities.

It is easy that sleepwalking can be found in dangerous situations, because, although their eyes open, his reasoning goes in sleep mode. Although some sleepwalkers can have violent behavior during their episodes or commit acts unusual, the myth that waking a sleepwalker could kill him is totally wrong. It may simply jump, to be confused and not remember what he has just done. If you are faced with an ill person sleepwalking, the quiet return her to his bed by the elbow to allow it to remain dormant if possible.

If you or a loved one are sleepwalking:

Avoid trigger, such as fatigue, stress or substances such as alcohol, drugs or certain drugs.

Provide security measures - barriers to block access to stairs, reinforced locks on doors and windows, protection against dangerous corners or edges. Of course, bunk beds are a bad idea in the case of a child sleepwalking.

Talk to your doctor about possible treatment options if the sleepwalking is disruptive or dangerous. In some cases, an underlying medical problem may be responsible. Prescription drugs and hypnosis have proven useful in some people.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Sleeping too much, is it possible?

New research reports continue to appear on the crowds of people who are exhausted and sleep deprived. Sleeping pills are present on most bedside tables or in the pharmacies of millions of people who suffer from insomnia. But too much sleep can be a problem - and from how long do you sleep too much?

For years, the magic number of sleep was 8. The period of eight hours of sleep per night has long been considered the optimal duration of sleep a night for adults. But research has to rest the old belief, and has even shown that people who slept more than eight hours were just as sleep problems than those who slept less than seven hours. The new figure of magical sleep duration is therefore between 7 and 8 o'clock.

It happens to everyone to sleep too from time to time, usually to make up a sleep debt - for example, after a sleepless night spent studying, jet lag or other period of sleep deprivation. By cons, people who sleep more than 8 hours on a regular basis could be long sleepers, name we give to people who suffer from hypersomnia (which means "too much sleep," the opposite of insomnia).

If the big sleeper provides the body the sleep it needs and, in that the length of sleep has no negative impact on the daily, it is not a serious problem. In some cases, however, hypersomnia can cause unproductive sleep, mood changes, memory, appetite and energy level.

If you regularly sleep 10 hours or more and you become drowsy during the day that you can not settle with a nap, see your doctor. There are several reasons an excessive sleep:

  • the use of certain drugs,
  • trauma to the head,
  • diseases (eg. multiple sclerosis, epilepsy)
  • sleep disorders (narcolepsy, sleep apnea)
  • symptoms of other conditions (eg. hypersomnia may be a sign of depression).

Friday, 11 November 2011

Why should I take a nap?

If you have abandoned your nap mat when leaving the center, perhaps the time has come to take up this healthy lifestyle. Naps seem to fall within the territory of childhood; however, a small amount is at the right time can be very beneficial. A simple nap can help prevent sudden drops of energy felt in the afternoon better than caffeine. It can also help you remain more vigilant, to keep a better mood and improve your memory.

People living in equatorial climates warmer, have long been the tradition of the siesta. In countries such as Spain or the Philippines, many people benefit from a nap to eat at home, spend some quiet time with your family and take a nap after lunch. Researchers found that among people belonging to cultures where the siesta is traditional, the mortality rate from cardiac causes was lower - even after diet and activity level taken into account.

A hot, having eaten can put you in a state of drowsiness usual in the afternoon, but there may be another factor related to our sleep cycle making siesta key. As we go through our daily sleep-wake cycle, we reach peaks and troughs of energy. Like most mammals, humans through two periods of strong sleepiness: around 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock in the morning and between 13 and 15 hours in the afternoon. Does this mean anything to you?

Sleep consists of five distinct stages. A nap can be drawn from some of the benefits of the sleep cycle without going through a complete cycle of eight hours. It should be borne in mind that a nap does not replace a good night's sleep.

Stage 1: The first stage includes the 5 to 10 minutes of sleep during which your eyes close and you begin to doze. This is when, if you do wake up, you'll wonder, "Is what I have to sleep? "Even with a mini-nap, it probably improves the chances of remembering what you just learn or memorize.

2nd stage: The second stage corresponds to 20 to 30 minutes of sleep that take you to a deeper sleep. It was during this stage that your cardiac cycle slows down, your body temperature drops and your muscles relax gradually. It is during this stage that the rest reached the peak of its power. A nap of 30 minutes can give you the energy boost and focus you need to get through the rest of the afternoon.

Third and fourth stages: If you cross the threshold of 45 minutes, you enter the period of slow wave sleep. This state of deep sleep strengthens your propositional or declarative memory, that is to say, your ability to remember facts and explain them. However, being awakened during deep sleep that can put you in a state of confusion and disorientation that is difficult to escape. To avoid this sleep inertia, book this type of deep nap when you're not good or that you really need to rest.

Stage 5: Once you enter the phase of 90 to 120 minutes, you enter the realm of dreams and in the period of rapid eye movement or REM sleep. Your heart rate and respiratory rate will also rise. This type of mega-nap can help you catch a lack of sleep and improve your procedural memory, that is to say, the ability to remember the way we do business.

It is not easy to find a place or time to take a nap in a lifestyle of "working 9 to 5". However, some offices are becoming more open to nap, and offer a room that can sleep at a time or to filter the light after the meal (and sleep friendly environment at the same time!). In some cities, has emerged as the sleeping rooms that offer specially designed chair to sleep where guests can relax and get a massage before a nap.
Some tips for a good nap

The tips for a good nap result of common sense, but maybe some of you will not have thought

The best time for a nap: Make sure your nap is short, about 10 minutes. Naps than half an hour may make you wake up and resume your activities more difficult.
The best position: Of course, lying is the most effective. But if you can not sleep, it is possible to take a nap in a sitting position; it may just take two times longer to fall asleep.
 An environment conducive to sleep: You want a place dimly lit, safe, secure and where the temperature is comfortable, but not too hot not to sink into a deep sleep. The sleep masks can be the darkness that facilitates sleep while creating a slight pressure will relax the muscles around the eyes.
The best state of mind: Get in nap mode, by saying, "I'll relax by taking a nap of 10 minutes." Allow yourself to stop thinking for a moment, breathe deeply and regularly. Set an alarm so as not to exceed your target time nap. Most cell phones and MP3 offer this feature.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Teething Baby

It was around 6 months on average the first tooth appears and baby before 3 years will be present all the teeth of your child. How is this teething? And especially how to help your baby does not suffer too much when his teeth pierce? Our advice and simple steps to relieve the pain of the baby.

When baby teeth grow?

Generally, the first baby tooth grows between 6 and 12 months: This is usually a midline incision in the lower jaw. Follow:

  • upper teeth (about 10 months down, 12 months and up);
  • lateral incisors (between 7 and 16 months);
  • the first molars (around 12 months);
  • the canines (between 16 months and 2 years);
  • the second molars (20 to 33 months).

On average, a 1 year old baby has four teeth. To 3 years, a child has all his teeth. And they begin to fall between 5 and 8 years.

Please note: some children are born with a tooth, as was the case of Napoleon. In others, the first tooth appears only to 15 months!

Incisors and canines are used to cut and catch food. The molars are essential for chewing.

Teething: the warning signs

Generally, the teeth do not appear without warning. Here are some hints to help you recognize when your baby "teething"

Pink gums usually become red, smooth and doubled in volume. This is called the doubling of the gums;

  • her cheeks are very red;
  • baby drool a lot and trying to chew with his gums while;
  • Baby is grumpy because it hurts! These acute pain may interfere with baby several weeks before the drilling of the tooth;
  • his stools are soft;
  • buttocks are red;
  • baby has a mild fever (38 ° C);
  • baby will not much appetite. 
Sometimes the cutting teeth are accompanied by a cold or an ear infection.

How to relieve pain when teeth of the baby grow?

First, remember that pain precedes the growth of the tooth, and ceases as soon as the tooth has erupted through the gum.

Here are some tips to ease the pain Baby, to you to find among them the most suitable remedy.

Baby wants to chew? Offer her a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator in advance (and in any case in the freezer). This ring will have a numbing cold on the sore gums;

If you do not have teething ring, and from 6 months, give your baby a cold washed and peeled carrots or a crust of bread;

Massage the swollen gums of baby with a special anesthetic gel (ask your pharmacist).
There is always the homeopathic solution: a grumpy baby: CHAMOMILLA CH 15, against pain: CAMILIA, and if accompanied by the breakthrough Dental severe diarrhea, or try Podophyllum Kreosotum;

Why not try the amber necklace? Amber in contact with the skin would release the essential oils for soothing baby; In cases of severe pain, you can give your baby a dose of paracetamol. Ask your pediatrician;

Better Sleep: the biological

"As you make your bed, lying on it" might actually mean "better you prepare the night and you sleep better." Whatever the effect of nuisances of modern life, we are all able to create more satisfactory conditions for better sleep.

To create more satisfactory conditions for better sleep, we must first better understand the multiple factors involved in the establishment of quality sleep which we all aspire. They can be grouped into three categories: biological conditions, the conditions of the environment and those of the sleeper, finally that depend on the sleeper himself.

They are twofold. First, there is, of course, the amount of sleep needed. It is individual and changes with age. An average adult should sleep six to eight hours.

Some require very little sleep from two to four hours per night (this is the famous example of Napoleon), others absolutely need to noon (this was the case of Einstein).

But there is also the relationship between our own biological rhythms and the circadian time we spend sleeping. One of the prerequisites is to thoroughly comply with these biological rhythms that some of us too often forget or are led to neglect, as workers who "do 3x8", which sleep can be affected by this rate of work.

To know the duration of sleep needed for him, it's simple: just wake up refreshed. You rely on your sleep, and you'll know if you are a small or a big sleeper.

Once you have determined sleep time, you can try to gradually change your wake-up time by acting only on the moment of falling asleep. For example, if you wake up in great shape at six o'clock, lie down to twenty-two or twenty-three hours. If you do wake up at five in top form, go to bed an hour earlier.

You wake up in great shape at the end of a sleep cycle. It takes an average of 1:30, including some 20 minutes of REM sleep during which dreams occur. If you wake up at the end of a cycle, it seems to have slept well. However, if you are awakened in the very slow wave sleep, it seems to have more sleep and not having enough sleep.

It's the same at the time of sleep, as anyone can check on itself. When night falls and the usual time to sleep, everyone feels the urge to get sleep, but if for some reason you can not sleep, so we quickly feel fully awake. In fact we missed the cycle and is naturally sleepy an hour or two later.

Getting to know your body and observe the natural rhythm of your sleep, you will for sure to rediscover your life in a new light, thanks to successful nights.