CAN’T SLEEP       

Laura has some great tips on getting that restful nights sleep.  Trouble sleeping is often a symptom of another disease or condition, such as depression, chronic pain, medications, or stress, which might explain why it’s so common.  Most often, insomnia stems from a combination of factors, including medical and psychological issues, scheduling issues, relationships conflicts, and behavioral factors (poor bedtime routines, physical hyperactivity, watching TV right before bed, etc.). By Laura Newcomer   

Things you may want to avoid before bed also include the following.  Eating junk or spicy food, chocolate, drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, having your pet sleep with you, smoking, arguments/negative emotions, and possible exercise.  Instead try eating nuts like almonds or walnuts, cheese, honey, cherries or cereal.  Reading or meditation is a great way to calm your mind for sleep.   All you have to gain is some ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ   

Other ways to help with getting that good nights sleep is use your bedroom for sleep not for watching t.v. and doing paperwork.  If your mind just can’t shut off, try writing things down and letting it go.

Remember that a great mattress and pillow are a nescessity,  a person of 75 years of age spends approximately 25 years sleeping.  Time well spent!

Avoid using electronic devices an hour before sleeping. Gadgets such as cellphones, TVs and computers emit blue light, and exposure to it tricks your body it’s still daytime. By avoiding gadgets an hour before bed, your body can produce the melatonin needed to help you sleep at your intended time.
Make sure to get regular sunlight exposure. Getting regular sun exposure in the morning or noontime helps your body reduce its melatonin production, so that when nighttime arrives, your pineal gland produces the correct amount to induce sleepiness.
Try to sleep in complete darkness. If possible, try to remove immediate light sources from your room to help improve your sleep quality. The slightest exposure to light can interfere with your body’s melatonin production and keep you up later than you need. Keep gadgets 3 feet away from your bed or use blackout window shades.
Remove sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. EMFs emitted by certain devices such as Internet routers can disrupt your pineal gland’s melatonin production. Ideally, you should turn off your wireless router, as well as other wireless devices connected to the Internet before sleeping.
If you need a nightlight, use a low-wattage yellow, orange or red bulb. Low-wattage bulbs with a yellow, orange or red color do not interfere with melatonin production the same way that white and blue bulbs do.
Wear blue light-blocking glasses. This special device can help keep your eyes from absorbing blue light that can affect your melatonin levels. It can be a useful tool to have around the house, especially if you’re constantly surrounded by gadgets and artificial light sources.       “Facts based on Dr Mercola’s findings”