Up in the middle of the night?

Do you routinely lie awake in the middle of the night?

Insomnia is a real thing, and it is no fun. Sleep is something taken for granted, until you find yourself tossing and turning, checking the clock every hour, and praying to be lulled back to bed. This restlessness and sleeplessness can be once in a blue moon, or chronic; either way, it's clinically referred to as insomnia, and if you're too sleepy to remember I'll say once more - it's NO FUN.

 

The inability to fall stay asleep can be a result of a number of things: a large meal right before dinner, hormonal imbalance, stress and anxiety, etc. There are a few dos and don'ts when you're face to face with your sleepless self. Don't try and wrestle sleep to the ground, hoping to win by overpowering it. Instead, like a judo master, use sleep's power to your advantage!

Put yourself in a position to succeed

It may sound simple, but success will come from a successful frame of mind, and you'll be back catching winks in no time flat. Try and achieve the following, and don't chase away sleep when you feel them working:

 

 

Don't stare down the clock

The last thing you wan't to do is keep reminding yourself, at regular intervals, that you're still awake. This activates the very regions of the brain that you're hoping to induce into restful serenity.

Take care of yourself

If you have to go to the bathroom or readjust your sleeping position, better to do it sooner rather than later. If there are medically relevant things for your comfort - addressing chronic pain, etc. - try and do it before you go to bed, but this could very well be a reason for your restlessness.

Put it out of mind

"Oh god, is that project due for work tomorrow?!" "Who's picking up the kids after school?!" Yeah, issues like these are important, but best to address them when you're refreshed, rather than letting them overtake your peace of mind! But of course when you say to yourself, 'DON'T think about x!' all you're going to think about is 'x'. Instead try and focus positively and intently on the blackness before you (i.e. the back of your eyelids.)

What's your bedtime ritual?

Ok this one's important. You can't hang out on your smartphone til 12:59 and then reasonably expect to be asleep by 1:00 am. And for that matter, what are you doing going to bed at 1:00 am anyway?! So, set yourself a bedtime schedule, and an accompanying ritual. Turn off all technological hinderances (yes, I said hindrances), and read a book or do a crossword/sudoku at least a half-hour before bed. Studies have repeatedly indicated that the blue light interference from screens greatly and negatively affects the natural processes required of our circadian rhythm (more on that below). Evidence seems to suggest that this blue light indicates to our subconscious the same wavelengths as daytime, confusing and subverting our natural sleep cycles. Last thing, maybe throw in some herbal, DECAF tea before bed (can't hurt).

Circadian Rhythm

CIRCADIAN RHYTHM is the internal process that governs your sleep cycle. Also known as your sleep/wake cycle, it can differ between individuals, but generally conforms to and oscillates between a 24-hour period. Maintaining a consistent and regular sleep rhythm is important for one’s mental health and physical well-being.

 

ONE’s circadian rhythm doesn’t define only the duration of sleep, but also refers to the quality. Restlessness, tossing and turning, chronic insomnia throughout the night can lead to memory, cognitive, and general detriments for the human body and mind. Finally there’s a sleep aid that can be used in the middle of the night. Because the administration of Hourzzz® is adjustable, a little will go a long way, leading to relaxation throughout the night, yet still waking up refreshed

Your best, bedtime friend

Ok we've gone through both what you can do and what you should avoid to get back to bed, especially in the wee hours of the night. But a bottle of Hourzzz® on your end table could very well turn the tide in your fight against insomnia. Hourzzz® was conceived with this very idea in mind. How many times have you thought to yourself in the middle of the night, "I can't take a sleep supplement, I'll sleep till noon and wake up groggy.."

Because Hourzzz® is a liquid sleep supplement, it has 2 immense and unique benefits. One, it is self-titratable - a fancy word meaning you can adjust how much you take on any given situation. You could take 2 to 3 droppers-worth right before bed, or given our current context, just a drop or 2 in the middle of the night. And because it's application is sublingual - meaning you drop the sleep solution under your tongue - it is far more fast acting than your normal supplement in pill form. So the next time you find yourself unable to fall back asleep at 3:00 am, make a pit-stop in the bathroom, put yourself in a positive state of mind, snuggle up and get comfy, face your alarm clock to the wall, and reach for your best, bedtime friend. Hourzzz® - your best night's sleep is just a drop away.