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March 29, 2015

Nighttime, Perchance to Sleep

Due to my many publications on alternative health, I was recently contacted by a health magazine for my ideas of unusual ways for adults to get a better night's sleep. And since many of the patients I see are dealing with this problem as well, I thought it would be worth sharing here.

Here are the most common ways to get better sleep.
Most of us know these already.

Basic list for better sleep:
1. Keep the bedroom as dark as possible. That means removing nightlights and digital readouts from TVs, clock radios, computers, etc.
2. Do not exercise within 3 hours of bedtime. This will over stimulate your metabolism causing restlessness throughout the night. A few light stretches for muscle tightness is a good way to relax.
3. Avoid caffeine late in the day and do not eat heavy protein or carbohydrates within 3 hours of bedtime. Same reason as #2.
4. Keep a pen and paper handy to write down any mental worries. Creating an action plan on paper will allow your mind to relax from worries and anxiety.

If you are doing all of the above and still having trouble sleeping, try this list:
1. Epsom salt bath. The high level of magnesium will relax muscles, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow.
2. A mineral drink- ¼ tsp of gray Celtic sea salt with 2 glasses of water before bedtime will supply 84 minerals to assist overall relaxation. Read The Miracle of Minerals.
3. Herbal tea. Although we may be familiar with chamomile before bedtime, the Ayurvedic herbs Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Ashwaghanda make excellent relaxing teas that are also adaptogenic (balance stress hormones). Valerian root tea is another possibility.
4. Listen to the sounds of nature. Easy enough. Just find them on YouTube. It can be anything from the sounds of the forest, or a waterfall or birds chirping. Whale sounds, in particular can be very relaxing.
5. Listen to the sounds of Solfeggio. Also on YouTube. Solfeggio frequencies or music will rebalance your chakras and provide instant relaxation. And if you are a patient, you have already experienced this with your free 2 Minute tune-up at your dental visits. (We also offer full one hour sessions for deep relaxation.)
6. Count your blessings. While conventional thinking promotes counting sheep, counting blessings will put you in a state of blissful gratitude. It will allow you to release the worries of the day.
7. Turn off the computer screen at least 2 hours before bedtime. The bright light of the computer screen may alter the body’s natural production of melatonin that is critical to the normal sleep cycle. Use a blue light filter if you must use the computer before bedtime. There is also a free app you can get on line that will automatically adjust your computer screen light for you. See https://justgetflux.com
8. Sleep on natural fabric linens. 100% bamboo or cotton sheets are much more calming and grounding to the body than synthetic fabrics.
9. Ground yourself while sleeping. Use an Earthing pad while sleeping. This will keep you fully grounded to the natural Earth frequency. Not only is it relaxing but healing as well.
10. Put EMF protectors on all electrical appliances your bedroom. This will prevent the unsettling effects of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) during sleep.
11. Remove WiFi from the home. Hard wire your computers to the internet so that you are not exposed to disruptive EMF’s 24/7.

When all else fails, the underlying cause may be hormone imbalance or adrenal fatigue. Best to see your medical doctor for evaluation.

If you liked this post, you may also like: The Miracle of Minerals
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