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What Causes Sleep Walking?

ThinkstockPhotos-138093591Sleepwalking is a disorder that affects anywhere from one to 15% of the population. It is often referred to as somnambulism, and its effects can range from simple gestures such as sitting up in bed, but it can also take on severe manifestations that can include a sufferer getting into his or her car and driving long distances – even though they are still in a state of deep sleep.


Obviously, there are dangers associated with sleepwalking, which is why the old adage of not waking a sleepwalker up is wrong. It is considerably more dangerous to allow a sleepwalker to carry out the activities, which can result in accidents and injury to themselves and others.


Scientific research has concluded that sleepwalking does not occur as the result of a psychiatric or psychological problem. In most cases, severe sleep deprivation, or medications and drugs that cause increased sedation trigger the somnambulist behaviors. There are also some illnesses, such as those caused by bacteria or viruses that can trigger sleepwalking.


Sleepwalking behaviors generally occur during periods of deep sleep, but many sufferers can be in a state of partial consciousness during the episode. There are numerous behaviors that may occur, including walking around, talking, urinating in inappropriate locations, and even acts of violence in rare cases.


Sleepwalking often runs in families, although there is no known cause of the behavior. While most common in children, the problem can extend into adulthood. The best ways to deal with sleepwalking is to create a sleeping environment that is safe. This includes making sure sleeping areas are free from dangers, using gates, and even locking doors in cases where the person attempts to leave.


Sleepwalking is only dangerous due to the activities involved. Treatment by a psychologist or a doctor can be helpful in controlling the behaviors if they become disruptive.




5 Yoga Positions for Beginners

ThinkstockPhotos-482233319For those who are new to yoga, watching an advanced class can seem like something out of a horror film – especially if you have a body that has a less than flexible outlook. Instead of running screaming from the room, take some time and explore some of the yoga positions that are best for beginners, no matter how bendable you are. Just make sure to remember to take things slow, and these moves will help you improve flexibility, strength, and concentration.


Downward Facing Dog –Place your palms on the floor, shoulder width apart. Your feet are around hip width, with your heels trying to press into the floor. You will feel the stretch in your hamstrings, and if it is too intense, bend your knees slightly until you gain flexibility.


Warrior II – The warrior pose starts with your legs positioned so that your feet are even with your hands when your arms are spread wide. Position one foot at a 90-degree angle to the other, and bend your front knee (the one at 90 degrees). Keep your arms wide, and look straight across your front hand.


Tree – Start with your feet together, and put all of your weight on one foot. Raise your other foot along the inside of your leg until it reaches your thigh. Spread your arms out, and hold the pose before switching to the other leg.


Corpse – Lay flat on your back with your legs spread and toes pointing outward. Your arms should be resting stretched out from the shoulder, with your palms facing the up. Relax, and let the tension melt away while you hold the pose.


Cobra – Lie on your belly with your legs extended. Position your hands at the bottom of your rib cage, elbows bent. Push your toes into the floor, and lift your shoulders to hold the pose.





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