Natural Sleep Remedies

Up to 1 in 10 people suffer from insomnia on any given night. With this kind of prevalence, many people may be wondering about natural sleep remedies to help them with this problem. But which ones work? Which ones are safe? Here are a few helpful strategies if you decide to get a little help from natural sleep aids.

According to WebMD, this herbal extract is one of the leading natural supplements in the market for insomnia. It is often found in pill form as valerian root. There are some limited studies showing it may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, and could improve quality of sleep, without the side effect of grogginess. However, when compared to a placebo, valerian did no better than the placebo in helping with insomnia. There is also evidence valerian is more effective when taken by people who regularly have trouble sleeping who then take it over a period of time, versus people who normally sleep well, and need it for a one night sleep aid.

Chamomile is another popular natural supplement for sleep, and has been used for centuries. The great thing about this sleep aid is it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is often found in teas and lotions. This herb has a soothing and calming effect for most people, which can help them feel more relaxed and ready for bed.

Ther herbal remedy, also known as kava kava, has been used for stress and anxiety relief and insomnia. Although kava has been found to have mild sedative properties, it is now considered unsafe to use due to a few reports of people with cases of cirrhosis, hepatitis, and liver failure.

Remember how sleepy everyone feels after eating turkey on thanksgiving dinner? Why not put that into a natural supplement? Unfortunately research animals have shown that it can destroy parts of the brain containing serotonin, and could produce permanent insomnia. People who have taken this as a supplement have had symptoms of a disease called scleroderma, where they would get tightened skin, joint pain, muscle aches, anxiety and depression. Some people even died. Your safest bet? Keep tryptophan in foods like it is naturally found, and enjoy a nice glass of milk or piece of warm turkey as late night snacks before bed until more studies can be done.

Lavender has similar effects to chamomile, which gives you a calming, soothing effect. Lavender can be found in all sorts of properties. Many of  which can help you sleep, such as bath salts, teas, oil, fragrances. Try a few of these and see what works best for you.

What helps you get to sleep at night? Comment below!



Save Money on Textbooks

Many people feel ripped off or cheated when they come to the register to buy their college textbooks. Here are a few simple tips to help you save money on textbooks and get the most for your money.

Start Early- The best tip to save money on textbooks is to start early. This will allow for time to communicate with your professors if needed and get textbooks shipped to you if you bought them online. A good reference point is to start your search 2-3 weeks before classes start.

Price Search- This may be a bit time consuming, but this is really your best option. Be sure to look up the ISBN numbers of all the books you need for school before you start. Most colleges have a site online where you can buy textbooks. For you this is a great way to price your books before you buy. Once you get a general price for each book, price compare with ebay, amazon, and These are amazing websites for textbook buying.

Sell Backs- If you feel you no longer have use for a textbook, once again you are going to want to price search. Check your bookstore first, then see what the going price is for each item on other websites. This will help you get the most back for your purchases.

Rentals- Textbook rentals are often the wrong way to go. You can escape with paying far less for a book if you consider your buying your own personal renting and sell back your book when you are finished with your class. This process takes time, but can save you lots of money

Be Wary of Software- Some textbooks come with CDs or access codes you will need for class. The best thing to do so you can avoid software complications is to email your professor in advance before your classes start. If your access code or software is needed with the book, make sure the version you are purchasing has the software with it.

Lab Manuals- Often lab manuals are particular to each college. If this is the case, see if you can buy the manual and photo copy the pages. Then you can return it within the buyback period and save lots of money! Sometimes this is significantly worth the cost and effort and other times it is not. Be sure to make good estimates of how much each photocopy will cost you.

Happy Book Buying!  ~HealthyGirl

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Spice Up Your Long Distance Relationship

Long distance It can be hard to keep a long distance relationship exciting and new even if the distance is short. Here are a few simple ideas to help keep your long distance relationship alive.





Video Calls: In this new age it is easy to keep up long distance relationships with video calling. Skype and other companies offer video calls online where you can see and talk to your parter for free! This makes a long distance relationship much easier between those long stints of absence, and lowers your long distance calling bills if applicable.

Memories left behind: Often in long distance relationships, it is acceptable and even encouraged to leave things behind at your partners place. Having your own section in a bottom drawer, or an extra toothbrush leaves a subconcious idea that you are there more often.

Pictures: Keep pictures of the two of you around your room or house. Be sure to take lots of photos when you DO get to spend time with each other, and save them. Send them a picture of when you were first dating or of an important memory you shared. Keep thos good memories alive!

Care package Care Packages: If your partner lives far enough away that you don't see them often, a care package is a great way to go. It can be filled with cute things such as a picture of yourself for their desk, a type of candy or food that you both enjoy, and even a stuffed animal to cuddle with while you are appart. To top it off, try adding a spicy romance letter for fun.

Surprise Visits: This is a fun way to spice things up in your relationship if you haven't tried it already. Although movies often portray it as a risky case of TMI, if you and your partner have a great sense of trust, there should be little to worry about. Contact one of his friends or family members to make sure he will be free and have them help keep his schedule open by pretending to plan something with them. (Slightly boring plans work well, so you get to be the super bonus suprise). Just make sure to be sneaky and make sure your partner does not have any previous plans before you arrive! 

Something to look forward to: As a member of the long distance relationship community, you may already know that it is important to make your time together count. Try planning your trips to see each other regularly, such as bi weekly, monthly or as often as you can. Then plan an exciting event for each time you see them such as a new resteraunt, or a small day trip. Keep an eye out for amazing deals on flights if you fly to see one another. Major airlines are starting to partake in cyber monday deals.