We summarize the latest sleep research to help you overcome sleep difficulties — helpful for improving sleep troubles and mild cases of insomnia.
There’s a lot of positive stories about weighted blankets that suggests they can be effective for not only reducing anxiety, but also sleep issues. This is a quick overview of the current research on weighted blankets and if they are actually effective.
People with sinus infections are much more likely to have sleep problems than the general population. Find out why, and common treatment options in this short research-backed post.
To have an idea if you have insomnia, use this quick online quiz or compare your symptoms to the diagnostic criteria for insomnia here.
Most people would consider melatonin a natural sleep aid.
Melatonin is a hormone that plays a big role in your sleep-wake cycle by essentially controlling how sleepy you are.
However, melatonin supplements are created synthetically, so some people consider them not a “natural” sleep aid. They used to be derived from animal tissue, but that’s more expensive and dangerous (risk of contamination).
Doctors typically prescribe a custom treatment plan that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, they can prescribe certain types of sleep medication for short term relief.
Even though magnesium glycinate improves sleep in most, it causes insomnia in some people. I've gone over the 4 most likely reasons why in this short post.
Many supplement manufacturers claim ingredients like melatonin, valerian root, 5-HTP, etc. are effective at improving sleep. This is a detailed look at the research behind each of them to see what actually works.
Garlic has been used for sleep issues like insomnia for thousands of years. This post sums up if garlic can actually improve sleep, and why it might.
Green tea has a variety of health benefits, and certain types of green tea may improve sleep quality. I've summarized the current research on green tea and insomnia in this post.
Sudden insomnia can be caused either by a single large stressor, or many smaller ones. Research suggests that up to 25% of people with sudden insomnia can develop chronic sleep issues.