Doleful Tales of an InsomniacWritten by Gobala Krishnan
Copyright 2005 Gobala Krishnan
I tried with all my might but I just could not stay awake. My eyelids grew heavier by moment until I finally caved in and dozed off. When I was abruptly awakened 15 minutes later, by an old lady poking my ribs with her fancy umbrella, I realized that I missed my stop again.
This is third time in this whole week that I slept off during my bus ride and failed to get off at supposed destination. It was not o?nly during bus rides that I slumbered. I also dozed off during lectures, during lunch breaks, in shower, while talking to my mom o?n phone; well almost any place that left me feeling comfortable.
Perhaps it was time for me to take o?n those extra lectures o?n sleep therapy after all. Insomnia is an awful thing to go through. The inability to fall asleep and difficulty to initiate and maintain sleep can be quite irksome.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is classified as difficulty of falling asleep or staying asleep which later causes impairments in daytime functioning. Insomniacs often complain of problems in concentrating or focusing, feeling depressed, irritable, moody or anxious, and incapability to function optimally in workplace, at home or even at school.
Read All About It: Insomnia Can Cause Weight Gain & Diabetes
Lack of sleep can considerably damage our health, as much as unhealthy eating habits or infrequent exercise can affect our immune system. Studies have shown that when somebody suffers from insomnia, aside from affecting their level of concentration and alertness, there is also an increased risk of them contracting other serious health problems such as, weight gain, diabetes and obesity.
Apparently, sleeping actually plays a role in our metabolism whereby, a lack of sleep will cause such problems. According to a 2003 poll conducted by National Sleep Foundation, two-thirds of Americans report frequent sleep problems. This means a majority of Americans may be suffering from deleterious health effects due to sleep deprivation.
Top 5 Most Popular Diet Programs ReviewedWritten by Tony Newton
There are many subscriber programs available both online and in real world for dieters. In order to help choose one or just learn more about them in order to help round out your daily life and coordinate your activities, foods - - i.e. perfect diet lifestyle, here are some of membership programs available.
South Beach Diet - Online at www.southbeachdiet.com , South Beach Diet , developed by a cardiologist named Dr. Arthur Agatston, boasts being not about low-fat or low-carb. But rather they teach you about right carbs and right fats. Subscribers receive daily tips, recipes, guidance from Dr. Agatston, tips to stay on track, and tools to track your dietary goals, weight and progress track, and program phase. They also receive nutritional tools and a meal planner and scheduler to log daily meals and plan for meals up to a week ahead.
A handy online Shopping List Generator is also available for members for quickly and automatically creating and printing out lists. And message boards and a journal are also handy subscriber tools. Through posts, dieters and share recipes, motivation, advice, success and failure stories and support one another. And they can journal via online progress diary entries and read how their fellow members are doing.
eDiets - Online at www.ediets.com , eDiets offers a wide range of dietary planning by combining well known company program options (like Atkins and Slim Fast) and others- including their own - and personalizing delivered end product or comprehensive diet plans right to you. They feature email, ezine news, helpful articles, recipes, menus and tips. eDiets also offers options. You can add an online personal trainer package with community boards, customizable fitness planning, live support, mentors, chats and experts to help you along.
The virtual trainer shows step-by-step exercise routines so that you can watch on your computer screen and then copy movements in privacy of your own home or office. And package can be tailored personal fitness goals, health issues and exercise preferences. You can also opt to add an online anytime-meetings 24/7 package with reviews of latest nutritional products on market. Or you can opt to add a recipe club package with over 2,000 recipes, grocery list aids, recipe finder and other dietary planning solutions. Mix and match, upgrade or downgrade options at any time. They focus on offering a combined health, nutritional and lifestyle for helping with perfect diet plan.
Atkins - Atkins offers a paid subscription program, customized through eDiets.com above. And they offer a no-cost version with less features through their website at https://atkins.com/myatkins/index.html . Their free version features a personal journaling section, recipe box, shopping list and file cabinet. Set health and fitness goals in your journal and monitor your progress. Have a handy place to keep your recipes. As you need to buy ingredients, simply click and add them to your shopping list. Save favorite tips, articles, Atkins information and more in their file cabinet area.