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Get Rid Of Insomnia With Proper Nutrition

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Sleep is important and your body will notice if it's not getting enough of it. A FitPerez reader named B.D. is facing insomnia and wrote Margaux J. Rathbun for nutritional advice to finally fall asleep again, asking:

Hi Margaux! I think I am becoming an insomniac. I can't seem to fall asleep at night and when I finally do, I wake up a couple of hours later only to toss and turn for hours. Can you give me some nutrition tips to help with this? Thanks in advance!

According to Margaux:

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Study Reveals Many Police Officers Are Way To Sleepy!

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A Harvard study of nearly 5,000 police officers across the nation has determined that 40% tested positive for a sleep disorder that may be causing them to nod off behind the wheel!

The majority of those who were discovered to have a sleep disorder, like insomnia or sleep apnea, never received treatment. Even worse is that 46% admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once, while 26% said they do so at least once or twice a month!

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Yoga Might Help Insomnia AND Menopause

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This is a completely different take on Yoga, which has been deemed evil and part of Satan's work by the Vatican.

If helping insomnia and menopause is the devil's work, though, we might have to admit we're wrong.

A small study is now suggesting that a few yoga classes a week could help with sleep issues and side effects of menopause

"We are not saying that yoga can cure postmenopausal symptoms. But it can improve and relieve them."

After just four months, the women who did the yoga with menopause reported less of the symptoms than the group that didn't do yoga.

"This is part of the accumulating evidence that shows the benefits of yoga. Doctors are starting to recommend yoga, not just for menopause, but for a variety of conditions."

Plus, yoga classes are pretty cheap nowadays. And once you learn some stuff, you could do maybe one class a week and the rest at home. Easy!

That makes a lot more sense than "it's the devil's work" for sure! Ha

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Rick Ross Is Blaming Sleep Loss For Seizures

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Rick Ross thinks it's not getting enough sleep that caused his seizures:

"It was a case of me not getting enough rest, enough sleep."

Apparently they tested him for cancer, diabetes, HIV and more — but came up with nothing.

Can not getting enough sleep do that?? Scary! We mean, yeah, if there is an medical issue or insomnia that's severely keeping you from sleeping it's def possible, sure!

But he went on to say that he would be "leaving room for naps" which makes us think: if he can nap, why can't he sleep at night? Is he just not giving yourself the time? Why not just sleep more and not nap??

We DO know however that lack of sleep can make seizures worse… if you have epilepsy. Which would be a no good diagnosis!

Rick, we hope you're okay! Let's hope it's just sleep!

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Heidi Montag's Mom Mixed Alcohol And Ambien

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Heidi Montag's Mom has sleeping problems

Not smart, bb!

Darlene Egelhoff, the estranged mother of reality star Heidi Montag, shared on her blog recently her troubles with sleeping and subsequently, mixing sleeping medication and alcohol.

She details one night, which she feared was her last, when she felt the effects of mixing a generic Ambien-like sleeping medication with wine, saying:

“My heart started pounding and wouldn’t stop racing. At the same time, I felt an intense tightening and pain surrounding my heart, I thought I might be having a heart attack.”

Woah! Scary!

Darlene says she has always struggled with heart palpitations and insomnia. Since losing her Colorado restaurant and financial stability, she has also dipped into depression often soothed by alcohol.

This sounds like a DANGEROUS combination!

While talking about her prescription sleep aids, he said on her blog:

“I was loving them (the sleeping pills). I had been on them for a couple weeks when I had a bad reaction, likely because I was also drinking wine which it says not to do I discovered later. My brother Rip always joked that those labels were wrong, that all medications were way better with alcohol! He also enjoyed many drugs recreationally for the majority of his adulthood which likely contributed to his depression and ulitimaltey [sic] taking his own life.”

How traumatic!

Yes dear, they probably did contribute to his unfortunate death, but we truly hope you learned your lesson after this close call and do not follow down the path your brother took.

Despite her fincial difficulty, which includes $100,000 of unpaid debt and her strained relationship with Heidi, whom she reportedly hasn't talked to for months, Darlene is taking steps to improve her life.

She says:

“I decided to take as strong an approach as possible holistically and spiritually… Chronic Insomnia is typically rooted in anxiety and stress, clearly my problem as well…I have eliminated all caffeine, sugar and alcohol and am only eating whole foods, nothing processed in any way. Foods high in omega 3′s, chromium, 5 HTP, tryptophan, B vitamins, folate, amino acids to produce serotonin, which helps with positive moods and emotions, and eating regulary to keep my blood sugar levels on an even keel. Aerobic exercise and sunlight every day.”

We're glad to hear your taking steps to make positive changes in your life to improve your physical and mental health!

You may be down, but you're not out. We hope you are able to stay strong and fight through this rough patch in your life!

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Have Trouble Sleeping???

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Having Trouble Sleeping? It Could be Your Age

Studies have shown that problems sleeping can be age-related. We suggest watching the people at QVC describe collectable dolls, but here's some age- based tips for getting good shut-eye when that doesn't work.

20-30s

Can't seem to rest and sleepy time tea hasn't helped? Don't bum yourself out. Depression cause sleep problems such as insomnia, but some antidepressant medications may have sleep-related side effects. Talking to some (a therapist or even your dog) can really help your mind ease in the wee hours.

New mothers having trouble resting even when the baby is? Five to 10 percent of women develop postpartum thyroiditis, which may disrupt sleep.

40s

Sounds of the ocean machine only makes you want to pee more? If you're waking up to pee a lot more lately, don't assume it's a sign of aging — you might actually have a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Deep, restorative sleep (called delta or slow-wave sleep) decreases in your late 40s, making nighttime awakenings more frequent. The cure might be as simple as a little aerobic exercise. When you give your body more repair work to do thanks to increased physical exertion, it responds by stepping up the amount of slow-wave sleep you'll get.

50s+

Prescription drugs you may be taking for high blood pressure and cholesterol could affect your pillow time. Ask your doc if you can take your meds in the morning.

Snoring an issue? Conic snoring is a huge sign of obstructive sleep apnea. OSA can have some heavy consequences, such as worsening or increasing the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, or stroke.

Talk to your doctor about your sleep issues and with treatment, you could be snoozing more peacefully in no time!

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

This is going to get ugly.

Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his patient, Michael Jackson. Prosecutors will now attempt to prove that Murray’s negligence in prescribing the anesthetic propofol was the cause of Michael's death.

Murray’s medical license has been suspended. Its return to him is contingent on the outcome of this case. If he loses, he will likely never practice medicine again and could face up to four years in prison.

Michael Jackson was prescribed propofol to help him overcome insomnia, even though propofol is a powerful surgical anesthetic and not intended for home use. Jackson’s unsupervised use of propofol along with other drugs is was what caused his death.

We think Murray is guilty! If propofol was never meant to be prescribed for home use, and it’s obviously a powerful drug that requires close supervision, he never should have given it to Michael!

What do U think??

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