The relaxation effects that come from being rocked as a child stay with us as adults –with profound effects on our sleep –reports a group of University of Geneva sleep scientists. The study found that sleeping in a rocking motion –as in a hammock—can make sleeping easier in those with insomnia.
The research also found that hammock sleeping increased the quality of sleep. Those that took a 45-minute nap in a hammock had considerably more N2-stage sleep –a sleep stage that’s particularly restful—than those that slept in a stationary bed.
Insomnia is a difficult to treat condition that afflicts more than 20 percent of all adults living in the United States. While side effect-riddled treatments like sleeping pills remain the frontline of remedies, they may have to make room for the cooling cap developed by two University of Pittsburgh sleep disorder scientists.
In their study, a group of 24 adults suffering from insomnia were given a cooling cap to wear on their head before going to bed. They found that the cooling cap dramatically boosted sleep quantity and quality –making their sleep similar to that or normal sleepers. More than 75 percent of the cap-wearers reported significantly better sleep –a figure that trumps most sleeping pills on the market today.
I am always intrigued to read up on studies that discuss nutrient
deficiencies as this is one area that is such a great controversy, especially
as it relates to supplementation.
It is generally known and accepted that many conditions
affecting poor health can be prevented and/or treated by simply increasing the amount of a vitamin or mineral that might be lacking.
But what if we go the other way and cause problems because
We hear from people all the time who have found themselves
as having “hit a wall” with their health. They do everything they think they are supposed to do and no matter how much running, yoga, meditating and veggies they include in their lives, they still have a few conditions that they can’t shake.
A lot of times, the answer lies in the journaling of what is
actually being consumed. I was going over the food and supplement records of a friend of mine recently who was complaining that despite many natural interventions, his headache and sleep problem was just getting worse.
Sure enough, on every page there was one entry every day for
Vitamin C, among a dozen or so other supplements. Some of the other supplements he was taking included in their proprietary formulas added Vitamin C as well.
If a little does a little good, a lot should do a lot of
Actually, this is dangerous thinking and was at the heart of
the problems he was having with his headaches and sleep.
He was also complaining about low back pain on one side, and
thought he might need to visit the doctor about possible carpal tunnel syndrome problems (he had read one of the Blue Heron posts recently about CPS and Arthritis).
I sat and listened to the laundry list of what had been
going wrong lately with his health and he was ready to break down and start taking prescription pain medicine for the pain he had in various parts of the body.
As it turns out, he was supplementing with over 5,000 mg
every day of Vitamin C.
The USDA recommends that the minimum amount to prevent
scurvy should be about 95 mg daily. Diet generally covers this.
Studies have also shown that a higher intake, closer to
about 800-1000 mg has been shown to boost immunity, strengthen blood vessels, and promote optimum cholesterol health. So just think of the conditions you can eliminate when you take 5 times more than the highest recommended intake.
At some point, however, mega doses should be only considered
with a licensed medical professional’s advice and never entered into on one’s own.
The body can process and use only so much Vitamin C before
the abundance winds up in areas that don’t need it in such high amounts; namely, the brain, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, and uterus.
Symptoms of Vitamin C overdose range from very mild with
tingling in the hands and fingers to moderate with headache and diarrhoea, and even to severe with kidney stones and miscarriage.
My friend had several kidney stones (thus the back pain), migraines, and insomnia. The flushing of the skin and the tingling thumbs were not carpal tunnel syndrome…they were symptoms of Vitamin C overdose.
The other piece that complicates the issue is that if one over-supplements chronically with Vitamin C and suddenly stops taking it, withdrawal symptoms can be really bad and include even worse migraine pain along with chest pain, muscle problems, and other bad effects.
My friend and his doctor are getting him started with a plan to wean off the mega-doses of the Vitamin C and hopefully he can see the
insomnia disappear almost as soon as soon as the headache problem did- the headaches were gone almost immediately.
The kidney stones, unfortunately, will require a more intrusive level of intervention, but now he knows how to prevent a recurrence.
I am all about treating methods naturally, as you know, but I am also all about reinforcing everything in moderation. Overdoing anything isn’t good, and many times avoiding prescription medication is just a matter of scaling back on something you do too much of…even if it is too much of a good thing.
For more ways to naturally treat headache pain and insomnia, see my guides today.
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