Common Sleep Problems

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Each year, millions of unfortunate people suffer from sleeping difficulties.  There may be as many as hundreds of reasons for it. Some reasons are related to medical issues, which require proper medication to be treated, whereas the minor ones can be treated by ourselves.

Whatever the reason may be for sleeping difficulty, it’s no doubt that it affects us both mentally and physically. Testing has shown that sleep-deprived people are at a higher risk of getting into a car accident than drunk people. In addition, lack of sleep can lead to extremely high blood pressure and diabetes.

The following are common sleep problems that are faced by many people and their causes. If you focus well on the causes, you might be able to fix your sleep.

Cannot fall asleep at all?

People experience short term insomnia. Someone having this has trouble falling asleep and faces trouble falling back to sleep once they are woken by someone. People with insomnia often wake up too early. Insomnia is the main cause of depression too. People stay awake all night and overthink everything which leads to depression.

Common causes of temporary insomnia are hearing a noise, consuming alcohol too much, certain medications, or a stressful event like losing a loved one or getting kicked out of your job.

Short term insomnia is usually not a big problem. You can get yourself a gadget to help you fall asleep if you face sleeping difficulty. Long term insomnia can be dangerous and you should seek a doctor at your earliest if you have it.

Sleepy during the day?

It is not normal for sleepiness to become a hurdle in your daily life activities. You shouldn’t be dozing off in a business meeting or while attending your chemistry class. Trouble paying attention and heavy eyelids are a sign of this. If you have had enough sleep at night and still feel sleepy during the day then you should go and seek a healthcare professional.


Snoring occurs when relaxed structures in the throat vibrate and make noise during sleep. This can cause you trouble with your own sleeping and disrupts the sleep of others sleeping nearby. Snoring can be caused by allergies or structural abnormalities like enlarged adenoids. Sleep apnea could also be a potential reason.

Snoring can be stopped by making changes to your current lifestyle. Being overweight is another cause of snoring so you might think to cut a few inches to get rid of this problem. You can also help yourself by drinking alcohol less frequently and consuming a lot of water. Altering sleep positions can also help here.

Nasal straps are worn by many people to make breathing easier. It is placed over your nose to widen up space in nostrils.

If you cannot fix your sleep problem yourself, it is advised to get yourself checked to ensure that the problem you are facing is not related to any serious potential illness.

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American Indian Response to Washington NFL Franchise Review to Replace Racist Name

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Published July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — The statement by the Washington National Football League (NFL) franchise on Friday, July 3, that the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name won the praise of American Indians across social media.

The Cherokee Nation released the following statement from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.:

“I applaud the Washington NFL organization for moving away from any and all depictions of Native Americans as mascots, in chants and any other form of team promotion. The use of ‘Redsk!ns’ as a team name is offensive and wrong, as are many other names and depictions of Native Americans across sports. The time for meaningful dialogue on cultural appropriation of Native Americans in this country is long overdue. Too many Americans are unaware that our tribal nations and proud American Indian people are thriving and remain a vital part of the American tapestry. We applaud those teams who want to reach out and educate him or herself on our tribe and people.”

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) said it welcomed the announcement and the process represents an important breakthrough for Indian Country in its longstanding effort to change the name and mascot.  

“We are encouraged by the Washington NFL team’s announcement that it will conduct a ‘thorough review’ of the team’s name and mascot. This moment has been 87 years in the making, and we have reached this moment thanks to decades of tireless efforts by tribal leaders, advocates, citizens, and partners to educate America about the origins and meaning of the R-word,” said NCAI President Fawn Sharp. “NCAI looks forward to immediately commencing discussions with the league and team about how they will change the team’s name and mascot, and a prompt timetable for doing so. Indian Country deserves nothing less. The time to change is now.”

On Saturday, the American Indian College Fund released the following statement by its president, Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota):

 Re-Name Mascots to End Harmful Stereotypes 

“#TheTimeIsNow for racist sports team names and mascots to be renamed. The American Indian College Fund appreciates its long-time mission supporters, FedEx, Nike, and Walmart. They have chosen to stand alongside indigenous groups across the United States to amplify our voices and to call upon the Washington NFL team to change its name. We are proud to call you our allies. 

Indigenous people are a vibrant part of both our nation’s history and modern-day America. Eliminating mascots that reinforce harmful stereotypes sends a powerful message to our children that we value all histories, cultures, and perspectives, helping to foster confidence, growth, and success from kindergarten to college graduation and to build a better future for all. #ChangeTheName. #NotYourMascot.”

While there was praise for the team’s statement, Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne-Arapaho), a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, who along with others in September 1992 filed a lawsuit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revoke the Washington Redsk!ns knows the journey is long to bring about change.

She posted on her Facebook page: “Stay strong! Don’t be dazzled or distracted. Celebrate change when it happens. Greet the announcement of change to come as the important first step.”

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As Navajo Nation Wages War on COVID-19, Firefighters are fighting a 12,777 Acre Fire on Reservation

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Helicopter attempting to contain fire near Wood Springs, Arizona on Navajo Nation on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Published July 5, 2020

Fire Wood Springs 2 Fire has grown to 12,777 acres

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Sunday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 38 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths has reached 378.

Reports from all 12 health care facilities on and near the Navajo Nation indicate that approximately 5,581 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 58,769 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,840.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

· Chinle Service Unit: 1,983
· Crownpoint Service Unit: 672
· Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 491
· Gallup Service Unit: 1,309
· Kayenta Service Unit: 1,115
· Shiprock Service Unit: 1,265
· Tuba City Service Unit: 695
· Winslow Service Unit: 306

* Four residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

The Navajo Nation’s first of three consecutive weekend lockdowns is set to end on Monday, July 6 at 5:00 a.m. The daily curfew remains in effect Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

“In areas near and around the Navajo Nation, they continue to see sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases, but today the Navajo Nation is reporting 38 new cases. This is a strong indication that mask requirements, weekend lockdowns, daily curfews, and other measures recommended by our health care experts are making a difference. Please continue to wear your masks in public and to wash your hands often. We are very thankful to our police officers, fire fighters, EMT’s, health care workers, and others who worked through the holiday weekend to protect our Navajo people,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Even as the Navajo Nation wages a war on COVID-19, firefighters are fighting a wildfire in the Wood Springs are of reservation.

The Nez-Lizer Administration continues to urge all residents to comply the stage 2 fire restriction that is in place, which prohibits the use of fireworks, open fires, and trash burning to prevent more wildfires. On Sunday, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 reported that the Wood Springs 2 Fire has grown to 12,777 acres and is now 42-percent contained.


To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:


For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to:

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American Indian Protesters Told to “Go Home” by Trump Supporters at Mount Rushmore

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American Indian protesters blocked a South Dakota highway to demonstrate President Trump’s visit to their homeland. Photo from NDN Collective video.

Published July 4, 2020

KEYSTONE, S.D. — In a twist of irony, American Indian protesters were met by Trump supporters yelling “go home” near the entry to Mount Rushmore on Friday. 

The protesters were actually on their homeland as protected by the Treaty of Laramie and upheld by a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Sioux consider the Black Hills, where Mount Rushmore is located, sacred. They still refer to the sacred site as Paha Sapa.

“People were telling us to ‘go home’ and that’s where we were, on our sacred home lands. It shows how the american education system white-washes history and ignores the amount of injustice, genocide, and inequality that this country was built on,” Laura Ten Fingers (Oglala Sioux Tribe), one of the organizers, told Native News Online.

The protesters, whose numbers approached 300 by late afternoon, began showing up hours before the president’s appearance to celebrate the United States’ 244th birthday at Mount Rushmore.

The protesters, mostly from South Dakota Sioux tribes, were there to let President Donald Trump he was not welcome in their homeland. However, the president flew into Mount Rushmore aboard Marine One with his wife.

Photograph by Peter Hill

During the demonstration, a group of Native women sang as police presence grew. In the crowd, some protesters carried signs with various messages. Among them were: “You’re on Stolen Land,” and “Land Water Defender,” and “Land back.”

Militarized police were on the scene and sprayed the protesters with pepper spray to disburse the crowd. By 7:15 p.m. (local time) 15 protesters were arrested for refusing to leave. Three vehicles that blocked the South Dakota highway were loaded onto flatbed towing trucks and impounded.

“The biggest message that we have been trying to send this entire time is that Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy and racial injustice in this country and that the four faces carved on that mountain are the four faces of colonizers who have committed genocide on Indigenous people,” Nick Tilsen (Oglala Sioux Tribe), the executive director of NDN Collective and one of the protest organizers, told the Rapid City Journal.

Tilsen was among those arrested defending their homeland.

Lloyd Big Crow, Sr. smudged the military police. Photograph by Peter Hill.

“It was a day fueled prayers and resilience of our ancestors,” Ten Fingers said. “We were there protecting our lands from white supremacists and from the possibility of wildfires and water contamination in the Black Hills.”

Later, Trump delivered on the eve of the Fourth of July what several newspapers labeled a divisive speech aimed at garnering more support in the upcoming presidential election from his base.

Darren Thompson contributed to this story.

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Neil Young says Trump's use of songs at Mount Rushmore 'not OK with me'

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Singer objects to playing of Like a Hurricane and Rockin’ in the Free World and says he stands with Lakota Sioux protesters

After two of his songs were used by Donald Trump at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Neil Young had a simple message for the president: “This is not OK with me.”

Like a Hurricane and Rockin’ in the Free World were played before the president appeared in South Dakota, for an incendiary speech in which Trump claimed US history was under siege from “far-left fascism”.

Related: US under siege from ‘far-left fascism’, says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech

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This Fourth of July is Different: A New Gallup Survey Proves It

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American Indians protesting Trump’s 4th of July show at Mount Rushmore on July 3, 2020. Photograph by Wiyaka Foster


As 2020 continues to unfold, this Fourth of July is different.

On this nation’s 244th birthday, the most prevalent reason for the difference may be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic because it certainly has changed the normalcy of everyday life across the country with many unknowns in the horizon. Many people are taking precautions and staying home to avoid making contact with anyone infected with the deadly virus, thereby avoiding any of their normal Fourth of July festivities.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local municipalities cancelled fireworks displays. This year because of severe conditions on the Navajo Indian Reservation, all fireworks have been banned.

Each year near Independence Day, the research firm Gallup releases findings on its measurement of American pride among U.S. citizens. This year the findings met a new low ebb. The findings come as the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis produced by businesses forced and voluntarily closing due to the pandemic. Additionally, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by the hands of police has brought civil unrest to American streets.

Gallup says although a majority of adults in the United States still say they are “extremely proud” (42 percent) or “very proud” (21 percent) to be American, both results are the lowest they have been since Gallup’s initial measurement in 2001.

Gallup’s data are from a May 28-June 4 poll, which disclosed only 20 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country.

The breakdown of Gallup’s measurement of this attitude about being American between genders and races (which is limited to white and non-white respondents) is interesting:

  •   34 percent of women selected “extremely proud,” a drop from 43 percent in 2019.
  •   50 percent of men responded they were “extremely proud,” up two percentage points from last year.
  •   24 percent of non-white people are extremely proud to be American, compared with 36 percent in 2019.
  •   49 percent of white respondents picked extremely proud, a one percent drop from 2019.

It can be noted that this year was the first year that whites’ pride in being American fell below 50 percent.

The 24 percent on non-white people who are “extremely proud” versus the 49 percent of white Americans who are is an interesting comparison and speaks to the worldview disparity in a country that was in many ways shaped in racism.

The differing worldviews speak to attitudes and perceptions. “Perception is reality” goes the old adage. Sadly, the perceptions of reality differ significantly among races in America. The Gallup findings reveal that non-whites are not feeling the American dream much on this Fourth of July as they attempt to continue to deal with systems that seemingly work against them, whether in the justice system, educational system and even economic system.

The racial disparity speaks to a great divide that exists in America in 2020.

The killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day produced protests, and some cases riots, in American cities. Floyd’s killing was a tipping point for non-white Americans that showed the deep anger and resentment that has existed across America as the result of years of police brutality against them.

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Floyd’s death appears to have given momentum for the Black Lives Matter movement that emerged after Michael Brown, a black man, was killed in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer in 2014. Many Standing Rock water protectors remember the support members of the Black Lives Matters movement gave to them in the Dakota Access pipeline resistance in 2016.

The momentum generated through the Black Lives Matters as the result of Floyd’s killing has produced toppling of racially offensive statues, including those of Christopher Columbus in several cities.

The momentum has also transitioned into the decades-old discussion about the Washington National Football League (NFL) changing the team’s name in the nation’s capital. On yesterday, facing intense pressure from some big-name sponsors, the Washington NFL franchise’s owner Dan Snyder announced the team is reviewing the name.

“This moment has been 87 years in the making, and we have reached this moment thanks to decades of tireless efforts by tribal leaders, advocates, citizens, and partners to educate America about the origins and meaning of the R-word,” National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp said in reaction to the shift by Snyder. “The time to change is now.”

This momentum, if handled properly, can produce positive transformation in America that can be long lasting and close the attitudinal gaps that were so apparent in the Gallup report.

Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. He may be reached at

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