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Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria. By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

For the study, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in a row, the men slept only four hours a night. The study showed the diversity of gut bacteria didn't change but sleep loss did alter the balance of the existing groups of bacteria. The study results were published recently in the journal Molecular Metabolism. These changes parallel some of the differences seen when obese people have been compared with normal-weight people in other studies, senior study author Dr. The sleep-deprived participants were also 20 percent less sensitive to the effects of insulin. Earthpulse Sleep On Command 1 of 3. How To Fall Asleep In Less Than 1 Minute Every Night. Having trouble sleeping?

How To Fall Asleep In Less Than 1 Minute Every Night

This breathing trick can help you fall asleep in less than a minute. The method was developed by Harvard-educated, wellness practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil, who specializes in breathing, meditation, and how it can be used to counteract stress. How Does This Method Work? It's very easy; just breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. By using this breathing method, you counteract the natural effects of adrenaline. Why Can’t We Fall Asleep? This is the first piece in a three-part series on sleep.

Why Can’t We Fall Asleep?

Read part two, on sleeping and dreaming, and part three, on wakefulness. Here’s what’s supposed to happen when you fall asleep. Your body temperature falls, even as your feet and hands warm up—the temperature changes likely help the circadian clocks throughout your body to synchronize. Melatonin courses through your system—that tells your brain it’s time to quiet down. Your blood pressure falls and your heart rate slows. That, at least, is the ideal. The problem, on the whole, isn’t that we’re waking up earlier. A wide array of factors can determine just how quickly you’ll be able to drift off to sleep when you choose to do so. Your Ancestors Didn't Sleep the Way You Do.

Nobody questions the importance of getting enough sleep.

Your Ancestors Didn't Sleep the Way You Do

At minimum, it’s essential for rejuvenating the mind and revitalizing the body. But, what is enough? And what does it look like? Many people find they wake during the night and wonder if they’re suffering from a sleep disorder or other health issue. While that could be totally possible, it’s also possible that sleep may not be an all-night thing. Put An Ice Cube On This Point Of Your Neck And Witness The Miracle. By DailyNutritionNews You have probably never thought that a daily use of ice cubes can help your body heal and recharge and make you a bit younger and energetic.

Put An Ice Cube On This Point Of Your Neck And Witness The Miracle

It can happen if you put an ice cube at the point where your head and neck are connected. This technique is closely related to Chinese acupuncture and according to it, the point where you have to place the ice cube is called Feng Fu, which translates to “wind mansion”. Just hold the cube for 20 minutes on the Feng Fu point. Can’t Sleep? Stick Out Your Feet! Bad sleep leads to neurotoxin buildup in your brain. Top 12 Herbs to Kick Insomnia to the Curb. Photo credit: bigstock.com Although almost everyone has a bad night every now and then, some people seem to have more difficulty sleeping than others.

Top 12 Herbs to Kick Insomnia to the Curb

Of all the health problems concerning a lack of sleep, insomnia is perhaps the least researched, even though it the most common problem. If you suffer from frequent bouts of insomnia, then you most likely also experience headaches, mood swings, fatigue, and lack of motivation. It’s hard to get up and get going when your body feels like it’s running through water. Insomnia is often caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, which is vital for regulating our moods. Although many people turn to sleeping pills or alcohol to sleep, these can be addicting and dangerous, even deadly when combined.

Try one of these 12 herbal remedies before you resort to chemical means that might only make your sleeping problems worse.