Get the Sleep You Need Tonight

Sleep is such a natural part of life that sometimes we may forget how important it is. That is, until we cannot fall asleep anymore. Everyone struggles with occasional sleepless, but what happens when you are left tossing and turning night after night? The answer is that every aspect of your life starts to suffer. You feel rundown, tired and have no stamina when it comes to everyday activities. Your mind suffers because your cognitive function is reduced and you have problems at work or school. When sleeplessness starts to interfere with you life there are steps that you can take to get you back into the natural rhythm of life. Stress is a major cause of insomnia, so many of the steps to resolve insomnia involve reducing stress the stress in your life. The effect is cyclical because better sleep can also help reduce stress even further. Your mattress is a great place to start when you are looking to improve your sleep. A comfortable mattress that cradles your body properly will go along way to reducing pain and giving you a great night's sleep. Sleep is...

L-Tryptophan: Bringing Hope To Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

 Many of us would have heard of L-Tryptophan, the amino acid present in turkey which is (falsely) blamed for the notorious post-thanksgiving-dinner drowsiness; however, now this amino acid has stepped into the limelight. Recent research has found the amino acid to be linked to the functioning of the immune system and it is currently being used in trials for multiple sclerosis treatments. The research that has led to these discoveries has been undertaken by a renowned professor of neurological sciences, Steinman, MD and his team. Steinman is one of the top experts in the functioning of the human brain and nervous system and related diseases and is also chair of the immunology program. His focus usually lies on technologically-advanced, genetic treatments; so work on the effects of an amino acid was an unusual project for him to have taken on. In fact, Steinman only considered this project because Michael Platten, MD, PhD, a leading postdoctoral researcher in the field of this amino acid, approached Steinman with the suggestion of trying tranilast in his multiple sclerosis studies. Tranilast is an anti-allergic medication that is a derivative of the...