natural sleep solutions

  1. Blame the moon for bad sleep

    Lunar light could be keeping you up at night

    The full moon gets blamed for everything from bad drivers to werewolves -- and all it does it sit up in the sky minding its own business.

    You couldn't ask for a more innocent bystander than that!

    And now, they've added one more "crime" to the list of the moon's alleged transgressions: sleep problems.

    Supposedly, people need more time to fall asleep -- and spend less time asleep overall -- when there's a full moon flying high, at least according to one new study.

    But we're not talking about hours of tossing and turning here. Just five extra minutes to fall asleep on average, and 20 minutes of less sleep overall, and that's based on this very, very, very small study with just 33 people.

    I'd say that's not much of a difference at all... but I guess that wouldn't have made for a very exciting research paper.

    Just about the only interesting discovery here is that melatonin levels may dip a little when there's a full moon.

    Since the body uses light cues to start and stop production of this "sleep hormone," I guess that makes some amount of sense. But I doubt they're falling far enough to make much of a difference.

    In any case, if your melatonin levels do fall enough to hurt your sleep -- whether it's due to age, lifestyle or the man in the moon -- there's an easy answer, and that's to add a supplement.

    You'll find it in any vitamin shop or health food store.

    And if the glow of anything is keeping you up at night, it's probably not the one coming from the moon.

    It's the one coming from your TV or iPad.

  2. Ambien can enhance bad memories

    Sleep drugs can help you remember things you want to forget

    We all have a few things we'd rather forget. But if you take sleep drugs such as Ambien, some of your worst memories could actually be the ones you remember best, according to some memorable new research in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

    In a series of experiments, researchers found that zolpidem -- the active ingredient in Ambien -- can lead to a stage of sleep that helps enhance certain memories.

    Unfortunately, the ones that were enhanced more often than not were negative memories and memories with bad emotional connections.

    This is of course no fun for anyone -- but it could bring an extra dimension of misery to the very people most likely to take sleep drugs in the first place: People who can't sleep due to trauma, post-traumatic stress, or anxiety.

    Imagine that... finally getting to sleep, only to wake up and find the things that upset you so much that you couldn't sleep without drugs in the first place are now front and center in your mind.

    No wonder many people never get better!

    On the other hand, this is hardly the worst risk of sleep drugs. Ironically, they may also cause memory loss -- so you might forget the good stuff even as you remember the bad.

    And I'm not done yet... sleep drugs have been linked to hallucinations, weird dreams, loss of balance, bizarre sleepwalking behavior, and more.

    All that, I haven't even gotten to the worst potential risk: Sleep meds could actually increase your risk of death up to 5 times. (Read more about that warning right here.)

    There are much better ways to get to sleep. Just skip the drugs and head for a REAL and LASTING solution instead.

    I had some of the best all-natural, drug-free sleep solutions in the June 2012 of my Douglass Report newsletter. If you're a subscriber, use the password in your current issue to log in and read it online.

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  3. Women need more sleep than men

    Women need more sleep than men -- and when they don't get it, they're more likely to be angry, hostile, depressed and more. So what else is new?
  4. Urgent new warning over sleep drugs

    The dose for common sleep drugs such as Ambien is being cut in half for women because they can stay in the system until the next day and lead to impaired driving.
  5. Sleeping pills lead to hip fractures

    One more risk is added to a long and growing list: Sleeping pills can increase the risk of hip fractures in seniors.
  6. Obesity and depression linked to daytime sleepiness

    If you can't figure out why you're tired all day, step on the scale: A new a study confirms a link between obesity and daytime sleepiness.

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