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  1. How to End to Back Pain While Sleeping For Good

    While sleeping back painBack pain during the day is bad enough.

    But back pain while sleeping seems worse, somehow.

    It’s the one time you’re supposed to be able to find relief.

    Even just a comfortable position.

    Or maybe you’re fine during the day and your back pain doesn’t kick in until you’re in bed, trying to sleep.

    Either way, getting rid of back pain while sleeping just might be easier than you though – or feared.

    The Cause – and the Fix

    If you’ve done any research on back pain that occurs during the day, you’ll recognize many of the causes of back pain actually occur while sleeping.

    After all, what you’re doing with and to your back during the day will continue to affect your back – and your back pain – at night.

    Luckily, once you’ve identified the cause, you can also come up with a solution.

    1. Poor posture. One of the primary causes of back pain at any time is poor posture. If your shoulders are rounded or your neck out of alignment, it can all cause back pain, even while you’re sleeping.

    The Fix: Pay closer attention to how you sit, stand, and even walk. Make sure your spine is in alignment, shoulders a little bit back and down, hips square, feet flat (while sitting, especially), and neck straight. You know what good posture is – now remember to maintain it.

    2. A sedentary lifestyle. It can be a vicious circle: your back hurts while you’re sleeping, you don’t sleep well, you don’t have energy, so you don’t get much exercise or even movement. Which makes your back hurt… In the end though, the stronger your back muscles are, the less they will hurt. And it’s easier to maintain good posture with strong back muscles, too!

    The Fix: Get moving. Start with light to moderate activity, so that you don’t cause more pain, but get up and move. Current recommendations are 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week. That’s good for your heart, and your back!

    3. Sitting too long. Even if you’re generally active, sometimes simply sitting too long can cause your back to hurt, and that pain will carry into your sleeping hours. A long plane ride, car trip, or all afternoon meeting can catch up with you at night.

    The Fix: Whenever possible, stand up and move around for ten minutes every hour. It’s that simple.

    4. Stress. Many people think they’re handling their stress just fine – until they end up with back pain while sleeping. If the pain in your back and the thoughts racing in your head are keeping you awake, you may not be dealing with stress quite as well as you’d thought.

    The Fix: Often, exercise can help reduce stress, so you may see a drop in stress once you start moving. However, there are other ways that can help you, as well. Meditation, yoga, prioritizing, and talking to someone are all effective ways to beat stress and back pain, while sleeping or awake.

    5. A worn out mattress. Sometimes, your back pain while sleeping is caused by something obvious, once you think about it! When was the last time you bought a new mattress? Pay particular attention to this cause of back pain if you find relief once you’ve been up for a few hours, but the back pain comes back while you’re sleeping.

    The Fix: Replace your mattress. If your mattress sags or is lumpy, then it may be a primary cause of back pain while sleeping. Start by trying out a medium firm mattress and see how that feels. You should also consider one that gives you enough support that you don’t have space between you and it. Mostly, though, find a mattress that you find comfortable. No single mattress is going to work for every person.

    6. HOW you’re sleeping. Sometimes, the very position you’re in can cause back pain while sleeping. If you’re sleeping flat on your stomach, or on your side with one leg higher than the other, you could be making your back pain worse.

    The Fix: If you suspect your sleep position is causing you back pain while sleeping, try one of these instead –

    • Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees
    • Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees
    • Sleep on your stomach (if you absolutely must) with a pillow below your hips and abdomen

    It may take some time, but you really can end back pain while sleeping for good.

    And until you’re resting pain-free, there’s Soothanol X2, our fast-acting, topical pain killer, to get you through even your longest nights, peacefully.

  2. What a Good Night’s Sleep Can Do For Your Libido

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    sleep good nightsIs your sex life a little lackluster these days?

    Worse, are you feeling like it might be your fault?

    Not because you don’t find her beautiful and sexy any more.

    But because as much as you want to want to have sex, you just…don’t.

    If this sounds familiar, there’s one more question.

    And it may seem unrelated, but it’s not - when was the last time you had a good night’s sleep?

    Never mind a week or a month of good nights – just one really good night’s sleep.

    Where you went to bed when you were already sleepy, no tossing and turning trying to get comfortable, only woke once or twice – or maybe not at all – and then felt refreshed and awake when it was time to get up.

    If you can’t remember the answer to that question, you may have just found the answer to your first question.

    Because something as simple as a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your libido.

    The Emotional Responses to Getting Too Little Sleep

    Everyone knows that a great sex life is as much about how things are going emotionally as how things are going physically. So think about how you feel when you don’t get enough sleep.

    Being sleep deprived can lead to feeling:

    • Irritable
    • Angry
    • Hostile
    • Depressed
    • Less connected

    Let’s be honest, none of those feelings are sexy. They don’t make you want to have sex, and you couldn’t really blame her if she didn’t want to have sex when you’re feeling that way, either.

    Yet for some reason, people don’t think getting a good night’s sleep is related to having an exciting sex life! And it’s not just emotional…

    What Happens Physically When You’re Tired

    There’s the obvious fact that when you don’t get a good night’s sleep you’re more tired during the day and have less energy. If you’re doing it right, sex requires some energy, so being tired and lethargic doesn’t help.

    Plus, when you’re tired, you tend to be less interested in doing anything – including making love.

    But it’s more than just about not having enough energy or interest. Poor sleep is actually linked to decreased hormone production, which means no matter where your head might be, your libido is lagging behind.

    In fact, testosterone levels have been shown to drop after just one week of poor sleep.

    And it’s not just the way hormones directly impact your libido that can cause you to have a lowered sex drive. As strange as that sounds, it’s true.

    It works like this – low hormone levels have been linked to sleep breathing issues. Which have been linked to sleep disruption and, eventually, sleep deprivation. Which we now know leads to a lowered sex drive!

    Finally, if you miss out on sleep long enough, it can affect your immune system. Your body needs sleep to heal itself.

    If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you’re body simply cannot fight off the germs that bombard it every day any longer. And no one feels like sex when they’re sick.

    The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    As overwhelming as all this sounds, know that there is hope. Studies indicate that a single good night’s sleep can increase libido and sex drive the very next day!

    Since getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always as easy as “just do it” makes it sound, try these steps to drift off faster…

    • Stick to a schedule. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, every day. You can actually train your body to know when it’s time to sleep.
    • Take time to relax. It doesn’t make sense to race all day long and then expect your brain to turn off just because you’ve gotten into bed. Instead, stop work and worrying an hour or two before bedtime. Have a cup of herbal tea, read a good book, listen to some music. Whatever helps delineate work time and rest time for you, so that your body begins to realize it’s okay to slow down.
    • Set yourself up to succeed. Make your bedroom a place to relax. Many men don’t think about what their bedrooms look like, but it really can help you get a good night’s sleep. Keep the television and computer out in another room. Hang curtains that keep the room dark. And don’t let the space get too cluttered.

    Once you’re getting a good night’s sleep night after night, you should see a boost in your sex drive again.

    And remember, it’s okay to get a little extra help, as well with Prime Power, so you’re sure to perform when and how you want – and she wants, too!

  3. The Shocking Link Between Sleep and Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure and sleepWhen you were younger, you probably didn’t even think about maintaining healthy blood pressure numbers.

    They were just where you needed them to be. Now that you’re older, it’s a little different.

    These days, your doctor is more likely to look closer at those numbers.

    And you’re more likely to look closely. Because you both realize maintaining healthy blood pressure is more important than ever.

    But what happens if, in spite of your best efforts, you just haven’t quite figured out the proper equation for keeping those numbers exactly where you want them?

    Maybe that’s when it’s time to look at how much sleep you’re getting.

    That’s right – sleep. Because sleep and blood pressure are linked in ways you may not realize. Continue reading

  4. What’s REALLY Causing Bags Under Your Eyes

    Under your eyes bagsSome mornings it feels like it’s not even worth getting out of bed.

    You know the ones – the mornings where the bags under your eyes might as well be suitcases, and it feels like you hardly rested at all.

    If you find yourself hiding from the mirror more mornings than not, you’ll be pleased to learn there may be something you can do to reduce the bags under your eyes.

    But first, it helps to know what causes them!

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  5. 10 Ways to Help Make Joint Pain at Night A Thing of the Past

    night joint painDoes it ever feel like joint pain at night is worse than it is during the day?

    You’re going along all morning and afternoon, just fine, with your pain reasonably under control.

    Then night comes and your joint pain gets worse – and worse – until you can’t get comfortable, you can’t fall asleep, and once you do, you can’t manage to stay asleep.

    It’s enough to make you dread getting in bed. The pressure points, having to roll over, risking tweaking a joint because you turned the wrong way or because you got twisted in the blankets.

    But you can put that dread to bed because we’ve got ways to help you make joint pain at night a thing of the past!

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  6. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night.

    You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep.

    Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

    If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine.

    After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important.

    These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do.

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  7. What Everyone Should Know About Sleep and Sex

    sex and sleepHave you noticed a shift in your sex life recently?

    Has it gotten a bit stale - or even diminished?

    If so, I’ve got an unexpected question for you:

    How are you sleeping?

    Because there’s an undeniable connection between sleep and sex.

    If you’re not getting enough of the former, you’re not going to get enough of the latter. Continue reading

  8. Lumivella Didn’t Work. What Should I Do Now?

    didn't work lumivellaYou were so excited to try our breakthrough anti-aging supplement, Lumivella – but Lumivella didn’t work for you.

    There is very little more disappointing than being excited about something new and then have it not live up to its expectations.

    We really do understand.

    But before you give up on Lumivella, let’s revisit a couple of things…

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  9. Sleep and Memory: Can Sleep Help Improve Your Memory?

    memory and sleepMaybe you’re starting to have the occasional “senior moment.”

    Maybe you’re not there yet – but regardless, you don’t want them.

    Or maybe you just love learning and want to make sure you can keep doing it.

    For whatever reason, you’re looking to improve your memory.

    So you’ve started doing crossword puzzles and those brain games they advertise on television.

    But have you looked at how well you’re sleeping? Have you even considered how sleep and memory might be related and how it may even improve your memory?

    Because if you haven’t, you may want to – and you may find yourself surprised at how sleep can improve your memory.

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  10. 6 Different Sleeping Positions and How They Affect Your Health

    Different positions sleepingYou know that getting between seven and eight hours of sleep a night is good for your physical and mental health, but the story doesn’t stop there.

    What most people don’t realize is that the different sleeping positions we choose can actually affect our health.

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  11. Sleep Health: How Sleep Affects Your Physical Health

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    Physical Health SleepYou’ve recently learned about sleep health and how it can affect your mental health, but how does sleep affect your physical health?

    If you think being too tired only affects your mood, judgement, and mental health, you’re in for a big surprise.

    Because while feeling grumpy or even a little slow are definitely side effects of being sleep deprived, they aren’t the only ones you need to look out for

    Just like getting too little sleep impacts your mental health, it also impacts your physical health too!

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  12. How Important is Sleep for Your Mental Health?

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    mental health sleepWhen you don’t sleep well for a night or two, you may be a little grumpy…a little irritable.

    But that’s to be expected. After all, you didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

    But what happens to your mental health when you keep missing sleep? Just how important is sleep for your mental health?

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  13. Is The Quality of Your Sleep Causing Knee Discomfort?

    Knee discomfort causes   Before you decide it’s a crazy question and stop reading, know that sleep really can be a cause of knee discomfort.

    You know overworking your knees, straining your knees, and arthritis are all causes of knee discomfort. But not as many people realize that several restless nights can be a cause of knee as well.

    Let me explain… Continue reading

  14. Does LunaFlex PM Really Work? How You Can Be Absolutely Sure

    Does LunaFlex really work?With so many joint support supplements available, I understand if you’re asking “does LunaFlex PM really work?” before just jumping in and changing your routine.

    After all, when your joints are stiff and achy – especially from overwork or first thing in the morning – is not really the time you want to be playing around with comfort.

    You want to be racing around with the grandkids… gardening in the yard… swinging the golf club on the 18th hole… even dancing the night away. Not wondering if a new product is going to slow you down.

    Which may make you decide to not see for yourself if LunaFlex PM works or not. Because what you’re taking now is okay…you guess…

    It beats nothing, at least most days. So you might not give LunaFlex PM a try.

    And that would be a mistake. Because not only does LunaFlex PM really work – it works like no other joint support supplement out there. Let me explain… Continue reading

  15. LunaFlex PM Side Effects – Everything You Need to Know

    Side Effects of LunaFlexMaybe you’ve heard good things about this new joint support supplement, LunaFlex PM, but you’re a smart consumer, so before you start taking it, you want to know what the side effects of LunaFlex PM are.

    Well, I say good for you!

    Knowing a supplement is safe is important, and knowing the LunaFlex PM side effects is a big part of your well-being.

    But here’s the thing about every single supplement, not just LunaFlex PM – supplements aren’t regulated the same way medications are, so you can’t find a list of side effects for them the same way you can for medications.

    What we can do, though, is look at the common reactions to the ingredients in LunaFlex PM and use those to see how LunaFlex PM might affect you.

    So in this article, we’ll examine the LunaFlex PM side effects by taking a closer look at the common reactions people have reported to the individual ingredients that make up the LunaFlex PM formula. Continue reading

  16. How Much Does LunaFlex PM Cost? The Price of Healthy Joints

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    Price of LunaFlexWhat would you pay to help repair your joints? Not just make them feel better, but actually make them better?

    The LunaFlex PM price is $49.95 - which is peanuts when you compare it to knee replacement surgery or invasive injections.

    But when you compare the price of LunaFlex PM to other joint support supplements, it may not be quite so clear why the LunaFlex PM price is still a steal. You may even find yourself asking… Continue reading

  17. LunaFlex PM Reviews: How to Help Repair Your Joints Overnight

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    Reviews for LunaFlex  When you try a new product, people like to look for reviews first. See how it works for other people, in the real world. So looking for LunaFlex PM reviews before you buy certainly makes sense to me.

    Once you start looking for LunaFlex PM reviews, though, you’re going to hit a snag – there are none. Reviews for LunaFlex PM don’t exist yet because it’s a brand new product. But it’s also a long overdue product, because LunaFlex PM works like no other joint support supplement ever. Continue reading

  18. Is LunaFlex PM Safe? The Ins and Outs on The New Breakthrough Formula

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    Is LunaFlex Safe to Take  Perhaps the most important question to ask about a supplement is “is it safe?”.

    Which is why we want to ask the question is LunaFlex PM safe – and answer it with a resounding YES!

    Because it’s an important question, especially when you’re dealing with a brand new product, like LunaFlex PM, that doesn’t have an established safety track record yet.

    So let me show you how I can be so definitive that LunaFlex PM is safe… Continue reading

  19. 3 Ways to Have Smooth Comfortable Joints – The Benefits of LunaFlex PM

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    Benefits of LunaFlex Everybody knows that once your joints start to stiffen up and get uncomfortable, there’s only so much you can do.

    But what if what everybody knows is…wrong?

    We’ve developed a joint support supplement that will change what you know about joint health. This new joint breakthrough is LunaFlex PM.

    The LunaFlex PM benefits I will show you in this article, can help change how you feel, move, even sleep – forever.

    What if you can help your body repair and regenerate your joints? Continue reading

  20. Insomnia: Is it Old Age? Or a Side Effect of Medication

     What Causes InsomniaInsomnia: Is It Old Age? Or A Side Effect of Medication?

    All your life, you’ve slept like a baby. 7, 8, maybe even 9 hours a night!

    But recently, have you found yourself awake later than you want to be, unable to drift off?

    Or are you awake earlier than before, with no hope of getting back to sleep?

    So, what causes insomnia? And how do you know if it’s just getting older, or something else?

    Insomnia is when you aren’t – when you can’t – get enough sleep. For some people, that may be anything less than 8 hours.  For other people, they may be fine as long as they get 5. But the key is whatever amount of sleep you’re getting, it’s not enough.

    If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

    • Daytime fatigue
    • Irritability, depression, or anxiety
    • Poor concentration
    • Headaches
    • Or if you’re still tired when you wake up

    You could be dealing with insomnia. And maybe it’s just getting older, but maybe not, because some causes of insomnia could surprise you… Continue reading

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