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SLEEP: The Best Remedy Ever

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There is nothing better then good sleep to get rest, regenerate the body and soul and get healed.

A lot of health problems occur just because people today do not have healthy quality and quantity of sleep,

  • due to the modern style of life,
  • due to accepting too much responsibilities that cause stress 
  • our prejudices about sleep (we like to set up false standards about sleep, like how many hours is "normal", what is "too much" of sleep, what is "too little", when is "normal" to be awake, when is "normal" to be asleep etc).
  • due to the constant noise to which are majority of people exposed in crowded cities,
  • due to the alarm clocks that wake people up usually when they are in the deepest and highest quality of well deserved sleep and rest.
  • due to the intake of various medications, alcohol, drugs
  • due to the wrong belief that sleeping is wasting of time

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Exact amount of sleep somebody needs is very individual parameter for every person. There are periods when body and neural system requires very many sleep. People usually confuse that need with depression but most often this is not so: the most valuable point of sleep is deep regeneration of brain cells, that can occur ONLY in deep sleep and if person sleeps as much is needed.

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Sleeping, Self-healing and Law of Attraction

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From my early childhood I discovered that many problems that I created by some actions can easily disappear and get solved after good sleep. Why is that? We create our material reality even during the sleep, while brain is processing emotions and memories and establish new brain patterns. With new, healthy brain patterns, created during the healthy sleep, and healthy emotions are result of that, we easily attract healthy situations in our life. Brain has tremendous power of self-healing and healing of our life.

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Many people believe that sleeping long is wasting the time - they cannot be more wrong: without enough sleep the life easily looses its quality.

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Cats can give us the best example how sleeping is important. They are well known for their ability for fast self-healing. Their love for sleep has a lot to do with it.

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They can fall asleep literally everywhere - in any time of day or night. When they need rest and little nap- they just take it.

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Sleep Cycle

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Sleep Cycle and importance of deep sleep and REM sleep

Healthy sleep is going on in cycles. After starting to feel sleepy, brain gradually slows down the activity and starts to produce slower brain waves (Alpha, Theta and finally Delta) then in awake state (when majority of brain waves are quick Bheta). At the same time, muscle activity slows down (with occasional muscle twitching) as well as heart starts to beat slower and breathing becomes slower. After stage of light sleep, /when we are easy to awake), we are gradually entering in the stage of deep sleep.

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Deep Sleep - During the deep sleep brain is taking rest producing very slow waves, needed to restore the energy we expend during our waking hours. It is interesting to know that blood flow decreases to the brain in this stage, and it redirects itself towards the muscles,

  • restoring physical energy,
  • regenerating the cells, tissues and organs of the body.
  • This stage is extremely important for immunity to improve.
  • This stage is regulating hormones in the body
  • this stage is stage of deep self-healing

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REM sleep - Dream Sleep – during that stage, eyes move rapidly (REM = Rapid Eye Movement). It is also called paradoxical sleep because brain activity is very alike to awakened state only body is paralyzed, although muscles can occasionally twitch. Breathing and heartbeat are rapid. In this stage brain is

  • processing emotions,
  • retaining memories,
  • relieving stress and
  • healing psychological traumas.
  • REM sleep is extremely important for process of learning and developing new skills.

Most of dreaming occurs during the REM sleep.

We usually need to have three to five REM episodes per night.

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Deep sleep and REM sleep are extremely important stages of sleep - brain cannot work properly without any of them, neither if the sleep cycle is constantly disrupted. Without sleeping as much as body needs - all our mental and physical functions gradually deteriorate, we cannot process traumatic experiences, brain becomes full of various info that is not properly processed and we also cannot learn new things and skills.

Today people suffer from heavy sleep deprivation, majority of people do not sleep enough or their sleep is of poor quality - no wonder why humanity is so tensed, not focused, full of fears, ill and confused . So many mental and physical problems would never appear if people would sleep as much as they need. Longetivity would also improve. Without enough sleep we literally burn ourselves too fast.

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Medications create new sleeping disorders

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Many people try to heal their sleeping disorders by taking sleeping pills, what is certainly the worst possible option in majority of cases. Despite the fact that is so easy to ged addicted to them, they disturb normal sleeping patterns and negatively influence brain waves .

As I mentioned in previous chapter, sleeping goes in cycles that sleeping pills disrupt and most often completely surpress REM phase that is nessessary for brain. As a result, brain does not get the chance to fully process all informations, daily happenings and emotions and cannot fully regenerate. Effects of using sleeping pills are similar to that ones of sleep deprivation, maybe even worse - brain that cannot process memory causes that traumatic experiences and negative emotions never get healed ...what does not allow regeneration of brain cells as well.

Nothing strange that people who are constantly on sleeping medications usually do not heal their chonic diseases - their brains and whole bodies are constantly exposed to trauma caused by lack of normal and natural REM phase and lack of normal exchange of sleeping cycles.

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Herbal remedies for good night sleep

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For healing minor sleeping disorders there are two herbs that can be always of great help for this purpuse:

Valerian Root (tincture is the best)

Passion Flower

They do not work the same as sleeping pills, they gently and tenderly restore natural sleeping powers and help nerves to start with healing.

Buy natural sleeping remedies online: Valerian Root

Buy natural sleeping remedies online: Passion Flower

Healing Heavy Sleep Disorders Naturally

We start to feel sleepy when our brain starts to secrete more hormone melatonin. It is secreted by pineal gland in the brain and it is very important for regulation of all other hormones.

For healthy production of melatonin, it is good to know that darkness stimulates it while light surpresses secretion of melatonin. If we would live without artificial lights, we would naturaly start to feel sleepy immediately after the sunset. And we would sleep much more during the wintertime, what would allow us to completely rest and regenerate.

Many heavy sleep disorders are caused by low melatonin secretion and could be temporarly solved by using melatonin supplements, what is certainly much more healthier then to depend on sleeping pills.

Of course, final goal of healing is to gradually establish normal sleeping patterns - naturally..

Many researchers also believe that low melatonin levels are related to the aging process. Due to the many responsibility people have during the life, they start to produce much less melatonin in adult and older age then in childhood. In addition to its hormonal actions, melatonin has strong antioxidant effects. Melatonin is also strengthening the immune system.

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I believe I convince you in nessessity of quality sleep - sleep whenever you feel like it - just choose to be in dark room (whenever is that possible). After enough of sleep your quality of life will become much higher !

At the end, I wish you all many good nights of sleep....with many sweat dreams.

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Tathjana-Mihaela Pribic

natural healer, homeopath and Reiki teacher

For online health consultations you can contact me on my e- mail mihaelat999@yahoo.com Price of consultation service is 50 US$.

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Comments

Johnk38 on May 11, 2014:

Muchos Gracias for your blog post. daaeeaekdcad

Annamie Cureteyz on December 21, 2012:

This is definitely one of the best blog about sleepp that I have ever stumbled upon, it is so complete and very informative. One can surely benefit from this article, keep sharing!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on March 05, 2011:

Thank you so much Support Med, I appreciate your comment very much.

Support Med. from Michigan on March 01, 2011:

Very interesting hub here. It was enlightening to see you wrote of the connection of being depressed with not getting enough sleep. Could be that getting enough sleep can be what some people may need and not anti-depressants at all. But they may help them get on the right track. Well done. Voted and rated. And will share.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on November 28, 2010:

Thank you for visit and comment, SFK.

SureFireKim on November 28, 2010:

I agree. Sleep cures everything.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on November 18, 2010:

Hehe, IH, I could not resist to put photos of cats in this Hub. My cats always remind me on importance of sleep. Thanks for visit and comment.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on November 18, 2010:

Thank you very much Jenny, I am honored. Put the link of your Hub here in comments.

Illinois Health from Illinois on November 17, 2010:

Great article, very interesting material. I loved the pictures of the cats sleeping :)

jennyjenny from Somewhere in Michigan on November 11, 2010:

What a great job! I can't wait to read more of your hubs! The cat pics are great! I'm writing a hub about a similar subject (insomnia and recipes for better sleep) and I hope you don't mind I am going to link your hub to mine. Great content! Thanks for sharing!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on October 11, 2010:

I wish you a lot of good sleep, Fiksy.

Fikayo Balogun from London on October 10, 2010:

hum good job. i've not been getting enough sleep laterly and i've been so grunpy. this hub has reminded me of the important of sleep and i'll surely find a way to get good sleeping hours. thanks

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 31, 2010:

Thank you very much, Uzdawi.

Uzdawi on July 31, 2010:

Very interesting hub!One of the most interesting i have read lately:).Thanks for writing it!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 31, 2010:

Thank you for sharing your experience Keith - whoever has active brain and/or is too tired, cannot fell asleep easily.

Many thanks for the visit and comment and I wish you a lot of good sleep in your life.

Keith Schroeder from Wisconsin on July 30, 2010:

I suffer from insomnia a lot. My doctor prescribed Trazodone, a common sleep aid. It took me years to get off the stuff. Personally, when I get too tired it is hard to fall asleep. My remedy has been to take an afternoon nap and keep a regular evening sleep schedule.

Your hub is informative and a valuable resource for many people I am sure.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 30, 2010:

Thank you very much Edward - when people start to sleep enough, this world will become much nicer place to live in.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 30, 2010:

Thank you very much Nanospeck.

Akhil Anil on July 29, 2010:

Excellent hub Tatjana, this rewrite the principles in modern convention about living healthy and calm.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 29, 2010:

I couldn´t agree more with you AoLI.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 29, 2010:

Thank you for the visit and comment, Jeanie.

Art of legend india on July 29, 2010:

very important informaion by tatjana.I like your cat example. good sleep is necessary for good health, and fresh mind.So always sleep on proper time.

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on July 28, 2010:

Nice hub Tat! I agree with you that a good sleep can have wonderful effects for our body. Like during afternoons or after lunch, a good relaxing nap for 30 minutes is quite relaxing.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 27, 2010:

Sleep whenever you can Thayak - it is more important that you do it anytime then in exact time.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 27, 2010:

I am glad you liked it, AM.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on July 27, 2010:

This is a really great hub! I loved the pictures and the information was right on!!

thayak on July 26, 2010:

The hardest part for me is trying to go to bed at the same time every night. I'm a programmer during the day and sometimes my days drag on wayyy to long, killing my sleeping schedule :(.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 23, 2010:

Thank you TOm...good sleep will make you even more creative...

Tom rubenoff from United States on July 23, 2010:

Spot on. I should remember this hub every night. Thank you, Tatjana!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 23, 2010:

Thank you so much, Fucsia.

fucsia on July 23, 2010:

I love the pictures of the cats!

And I like this hub with good information and well-written!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 23, 2010:

Thank you for the comment Winnie.

Advice is good, but some people can easily fall asleep if they read or use PC before they start to feel sleepy.

I do not understand the part about "cancerous hormone"???

winnie on June 21, 2010:

I've seen some articles talks about thing to do before sleeping. The first don't is avoid reading or using computer at least 1 hour before sleeping. it will trigger our brain to release cancerous hormone due to our brain assume it is still daylight and our brain suppose to be working instead of sleeping.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 27, 2010:

Thank you for the visit and comment, Micky.

Micky Dee on May 27, 2010:

Yo- those cats have it so rough!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 12, 2010:

Thks nikitha.

nikitha p from India on May 12, 2010:

very informative

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 12, 2010:

Thank you very much, Majadez for the visit and comment...Wish you a lot of good nights sleep.

Majadez on May 07, 2010:

Helpful info. I'm going to go enjoy some of that delightful sleep now. ;)

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 07, 2010:

Yes, Maximille you are right...

Thank you so much for the visit and comment.

maximille on May 07, 2010:

Great hub. Some might call Sleep the cousin of death, but actually it refreshes your active life. While you could ask are we maybe just living to be dreaming at night because we can be everything we want to be in our dreams? Philosophy is one strange mess, let me say that.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 06, 2010:

I hope you enjoyed your sleep, Taskeinc...

B. E. Shaw Sr. from Atlanta on May 06, 2010:

Great hub, and I took a much needed nap after commenting.

Neelima Nair from Kerala on May 06, 2010:

Nice hub :) thx!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 05, 2010:

Thank you so much, Tyler. Hehe, cats are always adorable.

Thank you for nice words.

TylerCapp from Los Angeles, California on May 05, 2010:

I liked the Hub. And, like everybody else, I fell in love with those cats! I like your view of why sleep is important and I love your approach to getting better sleep.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 05, 2010:

Thank you for the comment, GG.

Grills Guy from Santa Cruz on May 05, 2010:

And isn't that the truth!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 04, 2010:

6 hours sleep at night? Usually this is far from enough for keeping good health, Richard.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 04, 2010:

Thank you for much, Lovelypaper for your visit and comment.

Richard Armen on May 04, 2010:

I try to survive on 6 hours of sleep a night. I find keeping a schedule helps me best.

Renee S from Virginia on May 04, 2010:

Great hub. Sleep is one of my favorite things to do. It's so important to get enough sleep to stay healthy.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 04, 2010:

Thank you Veesh.

veesh on May 04, 2010:

Wonderful hub .

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

I am so glad to hear that oxygen therapy helped to your son, Rose. Thank you for living this valuable comment.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

Your technique is great Valbond. reading can calm down mind (much better then TV).

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

Thank you for the visit, Nancypoh...can you please explain how can you avoid REM phase of sleep (do you use sleeping pills?)

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

Thank you Lamme, for the visit and comment.

katrinasui on May 03, 2010:

Wow excellent hub with lots of great tips.

rose56 on May 03, 2010:

I just found that one of my sons have sleep apnea, so his rem sleep was at 190 mins instead of 50 mins. After finding this out he was put on an oxygen machine which really helped he tremendously. He feels so much better full of energy. Sleep does effect your health ,so thanks for the hub.

valbond from UK on May 03, 2010:

I find reading before bed is a great way to wind down before sleep. It slows and calms the mind after the day's hectic routines and yet keeps it active, in a relaxed way. zzzzz

nancypoh on May 03, 2010:

i just kinda hard to go through REM sleep..

nancypoh on May 03, 2010:

Great work, great share, n great topic..i love sleeping but i'm not saying that i'm a lazy person okay..

Lamme on May 03, 2010:

Great information. I think many people are sleep deprived and don't even know it.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

Thank you very much for your nice and wise comment, Madison.

Madison from NYC on May 03, 2010:

Tatjana-Mihaela, thank you so much for a this great info. These days more and more people are suffering from sleep deprivation so this article certainly comes in handy,I also love the pictures. :-)

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 03, 2010:

Thank you very much for the visit and comment - Rudra.

Rudra on May 03, 2010:

No doubt, sleeping is the way to relieve the stress out.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you for the visit and comment, Deborah.

Namaste.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Great - SilverGenes, so glad that you can recomment that Passion Flower is so useful.

Thank you for visit and comment.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you Phabs, cats are always inspiring.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Dear Dallas - wee need to sleep just because this is only way how our nerves, brain and the rest of body cells can regenerate and rejuvenate.

When we sleep we also create our material reality - on higher level then we are awake - in case the sleep is of good quality.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Mquee - I was working in 3 shifts for years.

Sleep whenever you can - just in quiet and darkness (time of day is not important) and make sure that after good rest you catch some sunlight (or at least during the days off.)

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you very much, Karen. I love cats very much.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

You are wise, Sky321

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you very much, Dealrocker.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Hi Izzetl, glad to see you here.

Now you just need to catch up sleep that you missed...so try to sleep as long as possible and take a nap whenever you feel like and your brain will gradually regenerate.

I also could not normally sleep for many years (f.E. because of work etc.), so in periods after that I had to sleep much more then is "normal" to catch up what I missed.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you very much, Beccas90 for your kind comment.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you for the visit, Shirley... enough of sleep certainly creates miracles, health and longetivity, what we all want.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Well, Midnightbliss, I can only wish you that you find the way how to get enough of time for enough of sleep.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 02, 2010:

Thank you very much for the comment and visit, Cybersupe.

Deborah Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on May 02, 2010:

Thanks for a great hub. Many disorders can be attributed to two simple factors; not enough sleep, and not drinking enough water. Thanks for getting this great information out.

Namaste.

SilverGenes on May 01, 2010:

We can learn a lot from our cats :-) Thank you for the great information. I've just started using a bit of passion flower and it tastes pretty good and works well.

phabs on May 01, 2010:

this is great, i love the cat pictures :D

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on May 01, 2010:

"let me sleep on it." Seriously, your attention to the depth and breadth of "sleep" is outstanding. Have you an idea why we need to sleep? I have read many theories... I do know and understand hypnosis is not like the command, SLEEP ! and the patient/subject immediately appears to be asleep... Hypnosis, that is another subject I cannot wrap my brain around. I do, I use hypnosis, but REALLY what is happening in terms of the brain action/function in its apparent altered state interest me...

mquee from Columbia, SC on May 01, 2010:

This is a very good hub. I was in the military at one time and I have met other veterans who also have a problem sleeping. I also work shift work right now, so that doesn't help either. Very nice and informative.

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on May 01, 2010:

I absolutely agree with you. I have found sleep to be primary to keeping myself healthy. By the way, I love the cat pictures.

Sky321 from Canada on May 01, 2010:

Excellent and informative hub. I always say that sleep heals. Thanks for sharing.

dealrocker from California on April 30, 2010:

What a nice and informative hub. I just loved it and Im joining your fan club to be updated with your upcoming writings and would like to invite you too.

Lizett from The Great Northwest on April 30, 2010:

Good hub, but maybe too simple a message. what I really want to know is what if you can't get enough sleep- is there anything to counteract the effects? I always knew I needed at least 9 hours of sleep, but I began suffering from sleep deprivation when I had a baby (you forgot to mention "due to having a baby"). For almost a year I got 2-4 hours of sleep, mostly interrupted too and it's not like I had choice, I was getting up to feed a baby. Many of us know we don't get enough sleep so now what?

beccas90 from New York on April 30, 2010:

Excellent information and well-written hub and the message is so simple - sleep can work wonders - yet we all chase the right food, the right exercise, while ignoring the simple.

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2010:

Hi, Tatjana! I'm afraid that I'm guilty of not getting enough sleep. I want to, always mean to but usually stay up too late and can't sleep once it's light out.

Thanks to reading this, I'm going to try harder because I want my brain clear and working as well as it can!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on April 30, 2010:

having a long sleep really makes a difference but having less sleep is my concern. its always difficult to have a long sleep when you are ona graveyard shift.

CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on April 30, 2010:

Excellent job explaining the need for a good nights sleep. I agree with you 100 percent. I strive to get 8 hours sleep each night. The great healer, SLEEP

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on April 29, 2010:

Thank you for the visit and comment, BL and for showing us most positive example.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on April 29, 2010:

Thank you very much Winsome for your great comment. Hmmm, are HubPages responsible for you getting to sleep late, LOL?

Yes we have such good friends here - we are very lucky.

Butterfly Lady from Broken Arrow, OK on April 28, 2010:

Thank you for the hub. My most restful sleep is in my bedroom, pactically dark, and after a read and chamomile tea.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on April 28, 2010:

Thank you so much for your comment MG - chamomile tea can be also good for calming down nerves before the sleep.

Thank you for the visit and comment.

Winsome from Southern California by way of Texas on April 28, 2010:

Hey Tatjana, thanks for the great information. I think you are right about the dark--they have proven that light can be used to cure jet lag. If I want to cure an inconvenient sleep pattern, even if I get to sleep late, I just force myself to wake up (and get up)for a few days in a row at the same time with lots of light and that helps me feel sleepy at the right time for the new, more convenient sleep pattern.

Nice to see all my friends here...Tatjana you/we have such great friends don't we. =:)

Money Glitch from Texas on April 27, 2010:

Hi Tatjana - This is a great hub, I had forgotten that passionflower could be used to get a good night's sleep. In the past I used to drink either passionflower or chamomile tea in the winter time it just seems to make one sleep better. Thanks for sharing. :)

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