11 Ways to Perfect the Art of Going to Sleep and Waking Up Again

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They say the early bird gets the worm and there is a lot of research to suggest this is so. But how early is early? And what are they even talking about?

To us, “early” means a few hours before you leave for work. Taking advantage of those first few hours for personal productivity sets the tone for the rest of the day and makes you feel great about what you’re accomplishing. Similarly, carefully transition to sleep at the end of the day positions you for an excellent foray into dream land.

Here are some ways to structure your day to make the most of every night.

  1. Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise improves the quality of your sleep and makes you feel less depressed, more energized, and far less sleepy during the day. Careful about running too late in the evening, however, as it may keep you awake at night.
  2. Avoid Heavy Meals Late in the Day. The body digests foods differently at different times of day. Eat a late meal and your body will be focused on processing food as opposed to initiating all the processes that signal to your body that it’s time for rest and a good night’s sleep. On the other hand, hunger won’t help either. A high carb, low protein snack before bed is helpful if you’re feeling peckish at the end of your day.
  3. Sleep 7 ½ hours. Sleeping the recommended 8 hours means your alarm is going off right in the middle of one of many 90 minute sleep cycles, leaving you feeling groggy and far too entrenched in a sleep state to make the most of your morning. For this trick to work perfectly, you have to know when you fall asleep. So have your spouse note how long it takes you to konk out and then adjust accordingly.
  4. Observe a bed time. Going to sleep at roughly the same time each night is surprisingly effective at training yourself in better sleep. It teaches your body to not only release chemicals associated with tiredness at night, but also chemicals associated with waking up the next morning.
  5. No phones in bed. The blue light from computer screens disrupts sleep patterns because it confuses the brain into thinking that it’s still day time. Phones aren’t the only culprit, anything with a display: TVs, iPads, even backlit Kindles has the wrong kind of light for your body’s best sleep.
  6. Know how much sleep you need. Knowing how much sleep you need is the key to sleeping well and feeling energized during the day. One way to determine how much sleep you need is to flip the alarm system on its head. Instead of going to bed whenever you want and getting up at a specific time, go to bed at a specific time and wake up whenever you want.In other words — no alarm. You probably can’t do this forever, but even doing it for a week or two will help you figure out exactly how much you really need.
  7. Wake up earlier if you’re working on a creative project. Science tells us that the parts of the brain associated with creativity activate sooner than parts associated with reasoning and critical thinking. Take advantage of this difference to accomplish creative tasks before the logic centers of your brain kickin and naysay all your good work.
  8. Sleep with blinds open. Letting the natural shift from darkness to dawn play out in your bedroom works wonders for starting your morning awake and refreshed. If you don’t have great light or live in Alaska, consider a sunlamp set on a timer.
  9. Develop a morning routine. The more often you do a habit, the more it will become routine.
  10. Wait to check email. Spend the first part of your waking hours doing something that doesn’t involve email, like taking a shower, putting on coffee or working on a creative project. As Richard Whately said, “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”
  11. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast. Breakfast isn’t only about the food part, it’s also about the ritual. Your mornings matter — and when you skip breakfast, you are making a conscious decision to skip your morning. Your day doesn’t start when you clock in. So, take advantages of all the nooks and crannies of your time.

 

 

2015-11-11T16:10:35+00:00

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    Q: I gave my daughter 1 capsule of BRAIN TUNER every morning for about two weeks now. She now has a mild to average seizure every day instead of twice or three times a week. And since taken this Brain Tuner two weeks ago she has had two bad attacked. Normally she will get a bad attack every 2 - 3 weeks once. Most of her attack come during her sleep or during an afternoon nap, i.e. she will wake up from this sleep/nap and stay still for 30 sec - 1 minutes and the attack will come and her entire palms and feet will turn cold and heart starting to beat very fast. And once in a while if she does not get enough sleep she will get a hard attack out of the blue during the day otherwise most of the seizure attack during her sleep. Does this Brain Tuner stimulate her brain and causes the attack? What other remedy should I take to cut down this seizure?

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    Sounds like the body (brain) is being greatly regulated, but if the BRAIN TUNER is speeding up the attack of seizures, abstain from using it and just give OXY-DROPS in glass or cup or water (20 drops per cup/glass). Normally a thing increases before it decreases but if this causes concern then abstain and try something else.

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    Q: I'm looking for a natural product to help me get a good night's sleep and not be feeling sluggish in the morning

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    Try our NERVES FORMULA (3 capsules) and a cup of NERVES TEA1 hour before bedtime.

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    Q: I have so much going on in my life right now that is beyond my control- I can't sleep through the night. Is there any natural remedy to help me sleep? I don't like taking sleeping pill.

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    Take 6 capsules of NERVES FORMULA before bed each night!

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    Q: Hey Gary here are my challenge I'm 43 been trying to lose weight, I start on a program and stop once I don't see any results. I tried the Detox I think I lost about 5 pounds, I work at night and have a part time jobs seeing private patients in the day so my sleep pattern is little maybe I get 4 hrs of sleep I'm having problems getting this weight off. I also want to mention when I do exercise my joints swell so I try to keep it low impact. I also have sweet tooth so I get these cravings here and there more so when I'm at work at night. Hopefully you can help me. Thanks....Lakeisha

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    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Lets go through one thing at a time. Your overall schedule and lifestyle is not healthy and will likely sabotage your health goals. Receiving so little sleep will prevent major weight loss because your body cannot cleanse and cannot recharge. You must repay your energy debt before you can properly lose weight. Your body is always in a state of playing catch-up to the workload you are giving it. It stores fat because it doesn't have the
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    Your body has been come toxic and inflamed from a toxic lifestyle. A high carb-high raw vegan diet will help ease your suffering the most. A high carb (fruit based) diet will help replenish your energy stores and reduce
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    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

    www.theveganeffect.com

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    The ACTIVATED CHARCOALis not causing the problem. You associated it with the problem. But you don't have to take the charcoal.

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    Q: I have a client that had her thyroid removed, the doctors have her on 3 grains of the natural...well natural for a pig. Thyroid. She couldn't sleep so they put her on ativan. Which is making her crazy (between you and I) She is still not sleeping and feeling agitated and this drug is causing her anxiety. I feel it has built up in her system and she has to dose down off of it. Do you have anything that would help her sleep? I have already suggested your thyroid blend. However, I didn't know if it could really help her as they removed her thyroid. So perhaps she does need the grains, as her body can no longer produce it on her own. I would really like to get her on natural as possible stuff so we can see what is physical and what we can work on energetically. Right now she feels like an energetic mess. Any suggestions?

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    Q: I was informed my two year old son has sleep apnea, and requires surgery. During his sleep, he stops breathing for several seconds. This worries me! What herbs can he take so he can have a normal sleep?

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    Herbs can only assist! They are not the solution! I would recommend that he doesn't sleep on a pillow. He needs a bed that allows his body to slant, so his head will be lower than his feet. This way, oxygen can rush to his brain. My sleep article is being finished and may be up near the end of April. Please stay tuned to Dherbs.com! Make sure you get a guarantee that surgery will solve the problem. Surgery is always a big risk.

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    Q: My daughter continues to take 2 capsules of Cardio-Vascular Formula at night, 2 capsules of Brain Tuner in the morning, and 1 at night. Also, using the Children Detox Oxy-Drops. However, she still experiences palpitation, every morning when she wakes up from her sleep. She will get a severe epilepsy attack every 10 days, or forthnightly. The cycle seems to repeat itself. What else should I do, to reduce her morning palpitation, and improve on her epilepsy attack? Will Ginkgo biloba help or any other herbs help?

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    Q: My daughter is currently taking Gingko Biloba + Gotu Kola (1 capsule), Magical Alchemical Elixir (2 drops twice daily), Cardio-Vascular Formula (3 capsules), Brain Tuner (3 capsules) and children detox from Dherbs. However, she still experience palpitation + mild seizure (raising of hands) every morning upon waking up. She experience mild fits once a day usually in her sleep/nap and get a severe seizure once every 10-12 days also during her sleep/nap. She was also diagnosed as Asperger Syndrome when she was seven and has improved considerably but not able to focus and easily get irritated. She likes to flipflop her hands a lot and always in wonderland during class. Not able to understand and totally lost in class though she has a very good memory. I also bring her to temple every week to pray and seek spiritual guidance and apply Reiki to her everyday. At present I just do not know what else to do to control her seizure and morning palpitation. Will Epson salt bath help in her epilepsy and anise powder water help in her palpitation. Your guidance and help is much appreciated.

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    Q: Is it safe to take herbal sleep remedies (valerian night for example), every night? Or should they only be taken occasionally?

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    Herbal remedies are completely safe for daily use.

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    Energy Formula - http://dherbs.com/store/energy-formula-p-26.html?sgst=1

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    Q: I am the proud purchaser of your FBC system. My husband will be starting the regiment soon. His occupation requires him to work 6p to 6a, thus he sleeps during the day Fri - Mon. The other 3 days he is on a more "normal" schedule. My concern is around what times he should consume his meals/supplements. As you can see, Breakfast and lunch could pose a problem . I am worried that his meals (Smoothies) will throw off his sleep cycle as well. What times frames should he eat at? Do some {raw} ingredients wake you up more? Please advise.

    A: Thank for contacting us.  We're happy to hear that you were satisfied with the Cleanse and recommended your husband to do it.  He can adjust the intake of the capsules according to his personal schedule. If he works overnight and is asleep during the day, he can start the regimen when he is up. He should just be sure that he's consuming the formula's every 2-3 hours as instructed.   There are raw foods that helps naturally provide the body with more energy, but they're not the same as consuming caffeinated beverages that would keep him up.  Most raw foods just have multiple benefits.  The Cleanse also helps improve your sleep.  

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    Q: Lately I have found myself taking cleansing herbs like Alfalfa, at night, is that Ok, or should I take the Alfalfa in the day. The reason why I take cleansing herbs in the night before I sleep, is because I thought that I would not be eating food, and I would be sleeping, so those 2 activities, I presume are cleansing. Can I take the FIBRIOD BUSTER at night, because they are cleansing herbs. I take the iron phosphate in the day.

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    You're doing just fine, Beloved, with your regimen!

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    Q: What are some things I can do so that I can sleep at night?

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    To induce sleep naturally, we recommend the following Dherbs products (to be used or taken before bedtime):

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    Also, drink soothing herbal teas of Kava Kava, Valerian Root, Passionflower, and/or Lavender about an hour before bedtime.

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    Give the KIDNEYS AND BLADDER a try!

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    Q: WHAT TYPE OF HERBAL MEDICINE DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR ADHD FOR KIDS BECAUSE THAT RITALIN IS NOTHING BUT POISON AND IT'S HURTING MY CHILD. I ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF HERBAL MEDICINE TO USE AS A SLEEP AIDE BEACAUSE HE ALSO HAS TROUBLE FALLING TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, THE DOCTORS HAVE HIM ON CLONIDINE, I WANT HIM OFF ALL THAT MAN MADE POISON THE DOCTORS ARE PRESCRIBINING HIM SO THE PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES CAN GET RICH. I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THAT TRILLION DOLLAR MONEY MAKER THE GOVERNMENT.

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    Q: I am writing about everything I am dealing so I can feel my best again. I want your recomendation on all the things I have been dealing with since I got sick a year ago. here is the list of alements. and most are caused by the bad kidney and some from the meds. kidney disease high phosphrous high blood pressure, yesturday 252/151 sleep apnea they want me to sleep with a machine on my face, enlarge prostate chest pains poor circliation in my legs from the high phosporous constipation insomnia a swollen foot fatigue I know that is a grocery list of problems I am willing to do what ever it takes to recover. You already gave some things to do. I just want to make sure I have covered all grounds. I thank you for your ministry and your passion to help Gods people. You are truly a blessing. Thankyou again neil In all due honesty, you need a consultation. You have a plethora of conditions and all of them have underlying causes which can be covered via consultation and directly. I'd have to write a 20-page article just to cover everything by written word and I just don't have the time to do this for individual persons (we're too busy here at Dherbs answering hundreds of inquiries per day).

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