By Alan Knight
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If you're an insomniac, or suffer from periodic insomnia, you probably understand. How often do you awake in the morning with some of the symptoms of a hangover, although you've not had a drop of alcohol? A poor night's sleep will have you starting your new day tired, irritable, and less productive.
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There are severall key things can lead to insomnia:
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Stress. Nearly everyone experiences stress. It's unavoidable in our culture. But how we cope with it is what's important. Three-in-four U.S. adults stated they felt mild to severe stress levels in the past month, according to a report presented by the American Psychological Association. Also, teenagers report that school, family, and peer groups have them stressed out. (Nearly half of the teens polled said that their worries have increased during the past year.) As a result, they go to bed with their minds too wound up to sleep. How often do you hit the sheets with unsolved problems from your day and find your mind will just not “turn off”?
Dr. Alon Avidan, Associate Professor of Neurology and Associate Director of UCLA's Sleep Disorders Program states, “We see people using BlackBerries and laptops in bed, answering emails, and continuing to do the work they do all day long. For people who suffer from insomnia, that can perpetuate it.”
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Caffeine. Caffeine stays in the bloodstream much longer than most people think, Dr. Avidan says, keeping you wired when you should be sleeping. Depending on your metabolism, it can take as long as eight to 14 hours to eliminate one-half of the total amount of caffeine you consumed from your body. Dr. Avidan continues, “A latte with two shots of espresso contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine. If you have that at 5 p.m., by the time you wake up at 7 in the morning, the level of caffeine in the body is still about 75 milligrams.” One can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine.
Alcohol. Here is one that is greatly misunderstood. Most people think that a couple of drinks before bedtime is the perfect setting for a good night's sleep. Although a few glasses of wine might knock you out, as alcohol is metabolized in the body (a rate of one glass of wine per hour is typical), levels of alcohol begin to fall, and its sleep-inducing effect wears off. That's when you wake up. Alcohol disrupts your ability to sleep in a number of ways.
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There are many other potential causes for insomnia and likewise, some suggestions that can be offered to cope, but let me mention one that might be overlooked.
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The exceptional relaxation benefit of the Walk-in tub is that it offers spa-like features. It can come with 18 air jets that create therapeutic air bubbles to relax and soothe the body. The inline heater and water-jetted hydrotherapy system are like having your own personal Jacuzzi. It can direct warm water with your desired pressure and force to any part of your body.
Think for a moment how this can condition your body and brain before bedtime. Recent studies show that with as little as 15 minutes of spa therapy, you’ll experience a better quality of sleep, a more restful sleep, you’ll sleeping longer, and awake more refreshed.
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Put an end to that irritable attitude, a tired body and severe mood swings that occur with poor sleep habits. A Walk-in Tub will positively change your quality of life, both when you’re asleep and awake.
Experience the Deep Relaxation from a Walk-in Tub
In this article, I discussed some of the negative consequences of insomnia. I also talked about the nature of our sleep cycle, as well as some of the behaviors and substances that can cause insomnia. I then pointed out how the various built-in features of a Walk-in Tub can help alleviate insomnia.
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800)843-4231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.