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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Non-Surgical Sleep Treatments That May Work For You

by Francisco Arnold

If you are unable to sleep, it can disrupt your daily life quite a bit. You may be more irritable, you could be depressed, or you may not have any energy to do anything at all. If you aren't getting enough sleep, it can wear on your relationships with others and it can also begin to wear on you in other ways as well, such as weight loss or weight gain, and cause other health issues. To help you get the sleep you need, a sleep therapy center may be the answer you are looking for. Read on for a few non-surgical treatments to try at home to help you get the sleep you desperately need.

Essential Oil

Using essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser may help you relax enough to get you to sleep. Use an aromatherapy diffuser with essential oils to get you to relax, such as lavender or peppermint. Add the essential oils to the diffuser and use it as directed. Keep the diffuser close to your bed and allow it to run for a little while before you go to sleep at night so the room is already filled with the scents for a relaxing environment.


Try sleeping without any lights on at all. If lights are disrupting your sleep, even if it's just a small nightlight, it may be causing you to wake or not allowing you to fall asleep. Turn off all lights, unplug your nightlight, and use room darkening curtains if you need to. Keep the room in complete darkness to help you sleep and to get you to relax. Keep the television turned off, and keep all electronics such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops out of the room as well.

C-Pap Machine

A C-pap machine may be what you need to get some sleep. If you aren't able to sleep at night because your own snoring wakes you up, or you wake up choking, it may be because of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. This is something that a physician would need to diagnose you with, and then a C-pap machine may be necessary in order for you to get proper sleep at night. 

If you have issues falling asleep, or staying asleep, you may need to try different treatments to get you the sleep and rest you need. Talk to a sleep therapy physician about what other treatments to try and what may be best for you.