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Night Sweats and Alcohol. Can alcohol cause night sweats? You probably don’t think of being sweaty as a good thing, but it serves an important function. Sweat is a vital part of our body’s cooling system. Our sweat glands work hard, even when we’re sleeping. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat? If so, you’ve experienced night sweats. Menopause, low blood sugar, and fever can cause night sweats. Night sweats are unpleasant, but most of the time they’re harmless. Alcohol and night sweats How alcohol triggers night sweats Alcohol affects the central nervous system, the circulatory system, and virtually every part of your body. Can you sweat alcohol out of your system?

Night sweats can also be caused by alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal Alcohol withdrawal and night sweats If you have night sweats but you haven’t consumed alcohol recently, and you’re a regular drinker, it may be a sign of alcohol withdrawal. Common symptoms Severe symptoms Symptoms of delirium tremens Alcohol intolerance. Valerian Root Dosage: How Much Is Safe? If you’ve experienced anxiety or have trouble sleeping, you’ve probably thought about trying an herbal remedy for relief. Valerian root is a common ingredient sold in dietary supplements. It claims to cure insomnia and nervous tension caused by anxiety. Valerian has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It was used in ancient Greece and Rome to ease: insomnia nervousness trembling headaches stress It may be just what you need to finally get a good night’s sleep.

Here’s more information about the recommended dosage of valerian root and its potential health benefits. What it is What is valerian root? Valerian is a perennial plant with the scientific name Valeriana officinalis. It produces white, purple, or pink flowers in the summer. How it works How does valerian root work? Researchers aren’t sure how valerian root works to ease insomnia and anxiety. Common prescription drugs for anxiety, such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium), also increase GABA levels in the brain.

Safety. 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dreaming. There’s a lot we still don’t understand when it comes to sleep. We know certain changes occur in the brain, and we have a few guesses as to why, but even the experts only have theories about many aspects of sleep in general and dreaming in particular. Sleep has long been thought of as a way to process, sort and store the day’s events, and more and more research is supporting that notion. Imagine the brain as a second gut, says Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in integrative sleep and dream medicine at the University of Arizona. “At night, the brain metaphorically swallows, digests and sifts through information, and, just like the gut, eliminates,” he says. “What the brain keeps becomes a part of who we are.”

Dreaming, he says, is like the brain’s digestive system. But there’s plenty about dreaming we only think we know. We dream all night long. You’ve probably heard that dreams only occur during rapid eye movement or REM sleep. We dream in real time. This Is Your Body Without Sleep (Infographic) Improve your sleep quality by waking up naturally. The myth of the eight-hour sleep. Image copyright Other We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month. It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern.

They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep. Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists. In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. Image copyright bbc. 8 Sleeping Positions & Their Effects On Health | Disclaimer: The content on www.the-open-mind.com is information based on the opinions and scholarship of the authors.

This site is intended for educational and commentary purposes only, both of which are strictly protected by Free Speech. The Open Mind is not responsible for the opinions or content written by its writers. The information on this website is not intended to replace your relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned here are the property of their respective owners and are not used here for commercial purposes. Paid advertising on The Open Mind may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied. All the pictures and information shown on this blog are the property of their respective owners. Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body. A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.

The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results helped explain how poor sleep damaged health. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and poor brain function have all been linked to substandard sleep. What missing hours in bed actually does to alter health, however, is unknown. So researchers at the University of Surrey analysed the blood of 26 people after they had had plenty of sleep, up to 10 hours each night for a week, and compared the results with samples after a week of fewer than six hours a night. More than 700 genes were altered by the shift. Meanwhile the natural body clock was disturbed - some genes naturally wax and wane in activity through the day, but this effect was dulled by sleep deprivation.

Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins. The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown. The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders.

One big question for sleep researchers is why do animals sleep at all when it leaves them vulnerable to predators? It has been shown to have a big role in the fixing of memories in the brain and learning, but a team at the University of Rochester Medical Centre believe that "housework" may be one of the primary reasons for sleep. "The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states - awake and aware or asleep and cleaning up," said researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard. 5 Ways Sleeping Naked Can Benefit You. It appears that sleeping naked is not only sexy, but is also beneficial for one’s health.

Here are five surprising (and scientifically confirmed) ways sleeping in your birthday suit can benefit your health and well-being: Better quality of sleep An Australian study concluded that some forms of insomnia can be provoked by improper body temperature regulation at night. Another study showed that the regulation of in-bed body temperature could significantly help in reaching a deeper sleep. In one study in particular, Dutch scientists placed thermosuits on participants in order to lower their skin temperature without affecting core body temperature. So if you are using heavy blankets or wearing warm clothes at night, it can negatively affect your sleep.

Combat belly fat and lower cortisol levels Natural body cooling at night can also help you lower your cortisol levels. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., when your body is resting deeply, the cortisol levels reach their minimum. Boost oxytocin. How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? We spend about 24 years of our lives sleeping, yet the exact function of sleep is still being debated by scientists. In experiments, researchers monitored three groups of participants who slept 4, 6, or 8 hours a night over an extended amount of time.

After just two weeks, the group who slept 6 hours had a similar reaction time as a person whose blood alcohol concentration was 0.1 percent. Those who slept 4 hours would fall asleep during their cognitive tests. Here's the video from AsapSCIENCE. People who consistently sleep less than 7 to 8 hours a night may suffer cognitive issues. There also appears to be a genetic mutation that allows a person to sleep less because of their more intense sleep sessions. [Via AsapSCIENCE] CDC calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic: Learn to sleep like a baby. (NaturalNews) The CDC has it right in declaring lack of sleep a public health epidemic. Lack of sleep has been linked to a number of public issues such as industrial disasters, medical and occupational errors, and motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to these well-known consequences, however, new studies have shown that people who receive insufficient sleep are at increased risk for chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and even cancer. Research backs the call for better sleep with shocking statistics Two recent studies have shown that unhealthy sleep behaviors and self-reported sleep difficulties are becoming more prevalent across the country, and insufficient sleep is becoming of increasing concern. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 35% of the nearly 75,000 adults who responded received less than seven hours per night. An alarming 4.7 percent nodded off while driving. How much sleep is necessary? The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams.

Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies Ever Recorded. Lucid dreaming is one category of dreams that many people experience. It occurs when the individual is dreaming and during that dream the individual is completely aware that they are dreaming. Some people report a low-level lucidity state where one is aware they are dreaming but not able to alter the content of the dream. Other people have experienced high-level lucidity where one is aware they are dreaming but are also able to alter the dream, and have the freedom to do whatever they desire within the dream.

Dreams are a fascinating phenomenon as they provide us with insights into a world full of experiences we cannot perceive or create in a completely conscious state, or can we? Lucid dreaming is a documented phenomenon; researchers continue to explore it as it shows some very significant brain patterns and biological happenings within the body. Below is a list of brainwaves and the different frequencies they operate at: Alpha Brainwaves: Alpha brainwaves are even higher in frequency.