It’s been years since I had a good night’s sleep and statistics show millions of Americans suffer from the same annoying and dangerous condition. Sleeplessness affects our lives in so many negative ways that personally, I am always seeking “tips” to find that peaceful night rest which will restore my beauty and sanity:)
Last week, it was on one of Dr. Oz’s shows that I found the most information (www.droz.com), a few tips I didn’t know, as well as Web Md, a site which reminded me to seek in the evenings tryptophan rich foods, such as dairy, nuts, bananas, and sweeten with honey.
While I knew to avoid drinking coffee or any beverages containing caffein, I never thought of checking my medications for caffein content and to avoid taking them before going to sleep.
While I knew to avoid a heavy meal right before going to sleep, I didn’t know that having a small snack of a combination of carbs and dairy could help. For example, cheese and crackers, cereals and milk, yogurt and crackers. While proteins are excellent for breakfast, they are to be avoided in the evenings and so is alcohol, which will help you fall asleep, but not stay asleep.
I am not a smoker, but for those who are, nicotine is a stimulant, so fewer smokes before you go to sleep will result in a better sleep.
Here are a few sites recomended on a Dr. Oz show which according to him will help with a good night’s sleep:
A cool pillow (www.comfortrevolution.com )
A good snack: Nutzo, available at Whole Foods Stores.
A particular style of music was also mentioned as being an effective sleep aid. Sorry, I didn’t write down the site…
Have a good week everyone and sweet dreams!