Poor Sleep Isn’t Just Annoying – It’s Leaving You Wide Open and Vulnerable to Dangerous Diseases!

Most people are well aware of how annoying it is to wake up groggy and tired after a night of little or no sleep. What’s even worse is that everyone can tell when you haven’t slept well. You’ll be cranky, you’ll have dark circles under your eyes, you’ll suffer from a serious case of brain fog, and just be miserable in general. But it’s not going to kill you, right?

As it turns out, missing out on quality sleep is more than just annoying. Not getting enough sleep and/or getting poor quality sleep can have some serious consequences when it comes to your overall health. While it’s common sense that driving or operating heavy machinery while sleepy can have some disastrous health consequences, most people aren’t aware of the more insidious ones. The most dangerous of all – the one you’re least likely to notice until it’s too late – is the way poor sleep or lack of sleep damages your immune system.

How Does Poor Sleep Destroy Your Immune System?

It has been proven time and again that your average adult requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order to be optimally healthy. But what most people don’t know is that the quality of your sleep cycle is just as important as how many hours of sleep you get (if not more so). We will address the issue of your nightly sleep cycle in a future blog post because it is to important and to nuanced to simply discuss in passing. But the long and short of it is that you need to devote sufficient time to the shallow sleep, REM, and deep sleep stages of your cycle if you want to stay healthy. And if you don’t, there are a multitude of negative health consequences that can come from it. Immunosuppression is only one of them.

Unfortunately, for most of us, getting enough hours of sleep or completing a healthy sleep cycle doesn’t happen all the time. And when you fail to get that sleep you need, it causes more problems than you think. According to recent scientific studies, researchers have exposed something previously unknown: a lack of quality sleep has the same as subjecting yourself to excessive and unhealthy levels of stress.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. On top of sleep deprivation being the same thing as exposure to excess stress, your lack of sleep produces a stress reaction of its own. When this happens, your body gets confused and thinks that it’s sick. When the body believes that it is under assault from an infection or a virus, it ramps up its immune system. And this effect can happen after even as little as one night of poor sleep.

A lack of proper rest can send your T-cell levels plummeting. T-cells are like the foot soldiers of your immune system – they are the cells responsible for cruising through your bloodstream on a search and destroy mission for pathogens. No matter how hard you work to protect yourself from exposure to pathogens, your efforts can be rendered moot if even a single bacterium sneaks into your body. When you don’t have enough T-cells to find the infection and neutralize it quickly, it is free to multiply en masse. When this happens, you start to feel sick. If you can’t prevent the infection from multiplying before it reaches a critical mass, it will take over your whole body and cause massive damage which could leave you crippled or even dead.

Before you say to yourself “well, I always get my flu shot every year, so I’ll be safe, right?” The answer to that question isn’t always a definitive “yes”. In reality, getting your flu shot after a restless night can do more harm than good. Some flu vaccines include a weakened form of the virus as opposed to a completely dead one in order to help your body build and boost its immunity to the pathogen. If that weakened virus gets into your system and your T-cells don’t eliminate it quickly, it’ll basically be the same thing as someone injecting you with a live, active strain of flu.

Boost Your Immune System by Getting Better Sleep

As horrible as it feels to struggle to get to sleep at night, it’s actually easier to get the rest you need than you think. You can use special techniques to change the way you wind down for bed in the evening. These techniques help make it easier for your body to relax so that you can get the rest you need. Many of them fall under the umbrella of sleep hygiene, and we will be happy to tell you all about them in a future blog post.

We feel like it’s important to take a minute and provide you with a cautionary warning. Prescription sleeping pills and over the counter drugs aren’t a very good solution to the problem. They make most people feel as if they’re getting sleep, but this is merely an illusion for the most part. Over the counter sleeping pills are particularly insidious since they cost less than prescription pills and they are easier to obtain.

Unfortunately, these drugs interfere with the ability of your brain and your body to get truly restorative rest. When your brain doesn’t get the restorative sleep it needs, certain regions of the brain (such as the pituitary gland, among others) can’t regulate your hormones correctly. This can have a very direct and detrimental effect on your sleep. So we strongly recommend against using over the counter sleeping pills in order to alleviate your sleep problems.

For now, though, you should focus on trying to find natural solutions to your nightly restlessness. We highly recommend an herbal sleep aid – especially one with a good amount of melatonin – for sleep problems. Products which contain not just melatonin but compounds like 5-HTP and lemon balm are excellent for helping you fall asleep safely and naturally. There are plenty of products out there, too – it’s just a matter of doing the right research and finding the sleep aid that works for you.

OTC Sleeping Pills Are More Dangerous Than You Think

There are millions of people all over the world who struggle to get good sleep at night. And if you’re reading this right now, odds are that you are one of them. In many countries, all you have to do if you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep is drive down to your local pharmacy, walk down the medicine aisle, and pick up the bottle of over the counter sleeping pills.

Or do you? For the longest time, TV commercials and labels on sleeping pill boxes have been telling us that sleeping pills are “safe”, “non habit forming”, and that you won’t wake up feeling groggy or fatigued the next morning. But science is now starting to confirm something which most people have known anecdotally for a very long time: almost all of these claims are 100% false. Below, will tell you everything about OTC sleeping pills that the companies who make them don’t want you to know. Starting with their biggest secret…

All Sleeping Pills Are the Same. Seriously.

You know how there’s basically an entire wall of sleeping pills in the medicine aisle at the drugstore? You would think that because there are so many different brands on the shelves, they would all be different in one way or another, right? Unfortunately, you would be wrong. And if you don’t believe us, we strongly suggest you take a closer look at their active ingredients the next time you’re in a drug store.

The pharmaceutical compound in sleeping pills that makes you feel drowsy is something called diphenhydramine. Historically, when diphenhydramine was originally discovered, doctors and scientists thought that it would make an effective allergy medication. But as more and more people started taking the drug in order to alleviate their allergy symptoms, doctors started noticing their patients reporting the same symptom: extreme drowsiness.

After enough anecdotal evidence had established a substantial connection between diphenhydramine and it’s a sedative effects, drug companies everywhere pounced on this knowledge in order to make a quick buck. They took whatever allergy medications they had patents on, redesigned those drugs, and rebranded them as sleeping pills. Sure enough, they sold like hOTCakes. After all, why spend the time and money going to the doctor for a prescription sleeping pill when you can just pick one up at your local pharmacy? Well, as it turns out, you may be taking a bigger gamble with your health than you realize.

Why Most Doctors Believe Diphenhydramine Is Bad for Your Health

As you might expect from a drug which is advertised as a sleeping pill, taking a recommended dose at night every once in awhile will make you feel sleepy (and, hopefully, help you fall asleep more quickly). Some lucky people may actually wake up feeling as well-rested and refreshed the next morning as advertised. Unfortunately, the majority of people who rely on sleeping pills don’t simply take them every once in awhile. Taking OTC sleep meds can easily develop into a nightly habit. To make matters worse, you’ll eventually need to take higher and higher doses of it as your body builds up a tolerance.

A large majority of the people who do take sleeping pills on a regular basis still feel as groggy and tired as they would if they hadn’t gotten any sleep at all. If anything, sleeping pills can help make you feel like you got to sleep quicker and make you feel a little less anxious about your lack of sleep the next day. But it’s just a crutch. In truth, even if you do manage to spend more hours asleep after taking a sleeping pill, you are still compromising the quality of your rest.

Taking a powerful drug in order to induce drowsiness interferes with your body’s ability to maneuver through a healthy sleep cycle while you get your z’s. REM sleep is compromised and you spend less time in the deepest stages of delta sleep. When you don’t get enough REM sleep or deep sleep, your body and your brain cannot clear away the wear and tear that your body experiences on a daily basis. Over the course of many years, this lack of restorative sleep can make you more vulnerable to disease, impair your cognitive function, and even shorten your lifespan.

The most frightening example of the damage which sleeping pills can do overtime was exposed in a recent analysis of elderly individuals. A study of people 65 years and older who had taken diphenhydramine daily for allergies over the course of several years – sometimes even decades – found that they had more advanced signs of brain aging than people their age who had not. Furthermore, they were more vulnerable to developing dementia-like symptoms or even full-blown alzheimer’s disease at an earlier age than their peers. While correlation does not automatically mean causation, it’s certainly something that you should take into account the next time you think about buying a box of sleeping pills.

Other Side Effects of Over the Counter Sleeping Pills

Most people who take diphenhydramine will experience drowsiness and/or alleviation of allergy symptoms. But the more often you take it, and the higher the dose you take, the more likely you are to experience the following unpleasant side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Powerful heart palpitations
  • Upset stomach
  • Confusion

Thankfully, the less frequently you take diphenhydramine, the less likely you are to experience these symptoms. Even if you’ve been taking it at high doses on a regular basis for many years, you can reduce these symptoms fairly quickly and easily when you stop taking the medication. If this sounds easier said than done, that’s because it is. Thankfully, there are alternatives which can help you get to sleep without interfering with your rest or causing unpleasant side effects.

Healthy Alternatives to Over-the-counter Sleep Medications

How did insomniacs get to sleep before the invention is diphenhydramine or prescription sleeping pills? You may be tempted to say “they got drunk”, and although you probably wouldn’t be wrong, alcohol will also compromise the quality of your rest. But natural herbal sleep aids will not! People have been using ingredients like chamomile, lavender, and hops extract for hundreds of years to fix their sleep problems. And if you find a high-quality herbal sleeping pill which contains effective ingredients like these, you can too.

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping Because of Hemorrhoids?

For lots of people who have trouble sleeping, pain is a major issue. Unfortunately, there are many things which can go wrong in your body that cause pain – and hemorrhoids is one of them. If your case is serious enough, then it is unfortunately not surprising that you are having trouble sleeping. It’s especially not surprising seeing as how one in three adults will have to deal with hemorrhoids at one point or another. If your current hemorrhoid pain is creating problems for you at night, we truly sympathize. And we certainly hope that at least some of the advice below can help you get a good night sleep despite your painful condition. 

Dealing With the Present: Reduce Hemorrhoid Pain for Better Sleep Tonight  

If you were searching online and found this page, the odds are pretty good that you are suffering from hemorrhoids right now and need a solution ASAP. We completely understand. This acute condition can be extremely painful and easily interfere with your ability to get a good night sleep. Thankfully, there are solutions you can use to quickly, easily, and affordably alleviate most if not all of your hemorrhoid pain. Even if you end up tossing and turning for other reasons, at least the “turning” part won’t be the thing that keeps you from your slumber.

Pre-bedtime Hemorrhoid Treatments

Strangely, there are many afflictions of the human body which seem either mild or non-existent early in the day and progressively get worse as the day goes on. Hemorrhoids is one of them. This phenomenon is often referred to as “sundowning”. Since it isn’t unbearable for most of the day, you forget the pain until the later hours of the evening. Then it suddenly hits you at the worst possible time.

Thankfully, you do not have to resign yourself to a sleepless night of pain and misery. There are many over-the-counter products which are specifically designed to treat hemorrhoid pain. Preparation H is probably the most common brand name. The company produces a wide variety of creams, suppositories, and wipes which can help alleviate the physical discomfort and make it easier for you to sleep despite your suffering.

If you’d rather go for a more natural cure – or if the nearest drugstore is closed right now – then there are some home remedies you can try. A sitz bath is one solution which involves placing your backside into a shallow pool of warm water (sometimes with a small amount of apple cider vinegar mixed in). You can also use a cold compress to numb the pain and reduce swelling. Whether you use one, the other, or whether you alternate the two, try not to expose your hemorrhoids to either treatment for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time. Give your posterior a few minutes to rest in-between. Overdoing it can easily do more harm than good.

Avoiding Hemorrhoid Pain While You Sleep

Once you feel like your hemorrhoid pain has subsided, you’ll want to make sure that you fall asleep in the right position. Most people get a good amount of relief from sleeping on their stomach. Better yet, putting a small pillow beneath your hips while in this position can take a significant amount of pressure off your hemorrhoids. With the assistance of gravity, fluid will be flushed down and away from your inflamed tuchus, which helps reduce pain even further.

Unfortunately, not everybody can sleep comfortably on their stomach. The backup solution to this problem is to try sleeping on your side. To make sure you don’t roll over in the middle of the night, place extra pillows or bunched up bed sheets along your back to stabilize you. Rolling over on your back in the middle of the night, no matter how soundly you are sleeping, is one of the quickest ways to cause more pain. This can make it very difficult to get back to sleep.

It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: sleeping on your back is one of the worst things you can do if you want to avoid hemorrhoid pain and get a good night’s rest. Gravity is working against you, there is a ton of pressure on your pelvic floor, and you may be in more pain that at any other point in the day. If you are a chronic back sleeper, try and put pillows underneath your knees and thighs. This will hopefully raise your backside a little higher in the air so that there’s less pressure on the hemorrhoids.

Preventing Future Hemorrhoid Pain

If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids right now, the advice below may not be immediately helpful. But if this is a recurring condition, you should definitely be proactive and take steps to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your sleep in the future. Smart steps include:

  • Consult your doctor – maybe you haven’t talked to your doctor yet because you’re embarrassed about your condition. But if you think about it, the embarrassment pales in comparison two hemorrhoid pain and lost sleep. So don’t put it off!
  • Increase fiber intake – because hemorrhoids are the result of straining during a bowel movement, you should increase your fiber intake. This will add bulk to your stool and help them pass more easily with less strain.
  • Stay well hydrated – another reason some people have to strain is due to a lack of hydration in the colon. Drinking more water and electrolyte fluids can help with this.
  • Daily light exercise – if hemorrhoids are common for you, avoid strenuous exercise. But don’t neglect it entirely, since weight gain makes it easier to develop hemorrhoids.
  • Weight loss – hemorrhoids are more common in overweight people. losing weight can help them become less frequent and/or painful.
  • When nature calls, answer – if you have to go, go right away. Holding it in causes constipation, which causes more straining, which causes more hemorrhoids.
  • Strategic sitting positions on the toilet – try bending over as far as you can, propping your feet up on a short stool, or both when you have a bowel movement. This opens up your bowels and gives your stool a wider opening to exit your body.

Another thing you might want to try is adding a natural sleep aid to your hemorrhoid regimen. On top of alleviating the pain, it’ll help relax you and coax you into a perfect sleep state.

The Importance of Sleep and Avinol PM

For any human being, the ability to get sufficient sleep is a vital component to the ability to function properly. A lack of proper sleep can lead to minor problems like irritability, or far more serious effects, including lapses in memory, cognitive problems that can make it difficult to concentrate, which can lead to problems at work, for you or even for co-workers. Sometimes, however, our thoughts or health issues prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why Avinol PM was developed.

While many sleep aids may contain addictive chemicals, Avinol PM is different because it is an effective sleep aid that is safe and not addictive. It is composed of many natural ingredients that work together to tackle a variety of sleep problems, including restless sleep and conditions like sleep apnea. This is important, since even the mildest forms of insomnia can have an impact on your life and perhaps complicate even the simplest tasks by making you feel drowsy and out-of-sorts. With Avinol PM, you can get to sleep faster, which allows you to wake up feeling rested and more refreshed and ready to go than ever.

Avinol PM‘s all-natural formula can help anyone overcome any sort of sleep disorder and allow the person who takes it to gently lip into quiet slumber and help them stay there for the entire night. Avinol PM doesn’t just knock you out, it allows you to slip into a restful sleep that will envelop you for the entire night. And when you wake up, there is no foggy feeling that comes from many chemical sleep aids. You will make up feeling great and raring to go.

Getting to Sleep Naturally with Avinol PM

When you look at the statistics, Avinol PM has a high level of customer satisfaction. For the most part, online reviews are excellent. That is because those who have taken Avinol PM heap praise on the product for its ability to help restore their sleep cycles and get them back on track. They also praise Avinol PM for its ability to help its users break the cycle of insomnia that was negatively impacting their life and to do so without clouding their head with chemicals. Avinol PM is praised often for its ability to give users a full night’s sleep at a time when the stress they were under prevented them from getting a full eight hours of sleep.

Any human being needs sleep. Not just a little sleep, but enough to function properly for the next day. The fact of the matter is, getting sufficient sleep is a vital part of everyone’s life and health. A lack of adequate sleep can lead to minor problems like irritability, or it can lead to more serious health effects, including lapses in memory and cognitive problems. Such problems have the potential to make it difficult to concentrate, which can lead to problems at work, for you or for co-workers, whose safety may be at greater risk due to your inability to concentrate or think clearly.

There are times when our thoughts or health issues prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why Avinol PM was developed. It is meant to be an alternative to other sleep aids that often contain chemicals than can possibly be addictive, but which can also leave behind negative side effects that are less harsh but still debilitating in some ways. What makes Avinol PM different is, it serves its purpose as an effective sleep aid, while being both safe and not addictive. Avinol PM is made with nothing but natural ingredients that work together to tackle many types of sleep problems, including restless sleep and conditions like sleep apnea.

About Avinol PM

For any human being, the ability to get sufficient sleep is a vital component to the ability to function properly. A lack of proper sleep can lead to minor problems like irritability, or far more serious effects, including lapses in memory, cognitive problems that can make it difficult to concentrate, which can lead to problems at work, for you or even for co-workers. Sometimes, however, our thoughts or health issues prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why Avinol PM was developed.