Dear Health-conscious Friend,
I recently asked you what keeps you awake at night. At the time, I was thinking in terms of your biggest worries. But “what keeps you awake” brings up another common problem: sleep.
If memory and mental clarity are Baby Boomers’ biggest concerns, I’ll bet sleep is a close second. Up to 70 million Americans – especially Boomers and their parents – have trouble getting a good night’s sleep.
And guess what? A quarter of the people with sleep problems report having brain fog. Another 20% say sleeplessness makes remembering things harder.
So health concern #2 feeds right into #1. That’s why I try to keep Journal for Healthy Living readers up to date on the latest breakthroughs in sleep science.
For example, did you know working indoors makes it harder for you to sleep? That’s because most windows are designed to block blue light, the cause of glare.
Unfortunately, blue light also helps control hormone levels – including two that are critical to your sleep cycle. When you don’t get enough natural light, your melatonin and cortisone levels may skew.
You can find the details of this story here. Meanwhile, if you work indoors, get outside as often as you can during the day. Taking a walk in the late afternoon or early evening may help you sleep better, too.
Snoring is another serious sleep problem. About 2 in 5 adults snore. And for almost every snorer, there’s a partner who’s losing sleep. So snoring creates problems for a lot of people.
A while back, I offered Journal readers five easy, inexpensive solutions to snoring. Any one – or a combination – could solve your snoring problem. (Whether you’re the snorer or their “audience”.)
The simplest solution: Change positions. Sleeping on your side usually eliminates the contact of soft tissue in the back of your throat that causes most snoring. Many people find sleeping with a full-body pillow eases any discomfort from sleeping in this position.
The other four solutions are equally easy. And you can read all about them in my article “Stop Snoring Today.”
I’ve also busted a few sleep myths for readers. For instance, a lot of folks try to make up for sleep they miss during the week by sleeping late over the weekend. But you really can’t pay off a “sleep debt” that way.
This myth can leave you foggy and forgetful, raise your blood pressure, lead to obesity and blood sugar problems, and even damage your immune system.
In “Dangers of Losing Sleep,” I outlined the serious effects of getting too little sleep… along with strategies to help you get the “Zs” you need.
One trick might surprise you: Avoid napping. Napping can make it harder to fall asleep at night. So, if you feel you must nap, keep it to a 20-minute power nap. Anything longer could just add to your sleep debt.
You’ll find lots more tips to help you sleep better on the Best Life Herbals website. Just click here to get started.
Yours in continued good health,
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
P.S. If you’re one of the many folks who lie awake nights with your brain racing, don’t miss “The End of Sleepless Nights“. In it, you’ll discover a simple nutrient that could help calm your mind at night.