11 Ways to Get A Great Night’s Sleep

Several people have told me lately that they are having troubles sleeping. I have that problem occasionally myself. Sometimes it’s a matter of that infernal  “to-do” list cycling endlessly through your already exhausted mind. Does that stress pattern sound familiar? How about the one that goes, “I should have said/done,” re-living the day’s events over … Read more11 Ways to Get A Great Night’s Sleep

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4 Natural Ways to Deep Sleep

If you’re like 43% of all Americans, you have trouble sleeping at least one night a week. I have the problem occasionally and I’ve found natural and effective ways to lull myself to sleep or back to sleep when I awaken in the middle of the night. Please! At all costs avoid sleeping pills of … Read more4 Natural Ways to Deep Sleep

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Three ways to get a better night’s sleep

We all need sleep, deep restful sleep, for 7 to 9 hours a night. Teens need at least an hour more. Yet the National Sleep Foundation says that 63% of Americans get 6 hours and 55 minutes of sleep a night or less, but most say they need at least half an hour more. Shockingly, … Read moreThree ways to get a better night’s sleep

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Teens need more sleep

Last weekend, I had the great fortune to accompany three teenaged girls on a horrific bus ride from our town in Western North Carolina to Raleigh, about five hours drive to the east. I won’t go into all the details, but the painful journey began with meeting them and their mothers at 2:45 a.m. That … Read moreTeens need more sleep


Melatonin does more than help you sleep

Most of us have probably taken melatonin to help us sleep after a stressful day or to get sleep patterns back in sync after an international flight. Now new research shows that melatonin has other important benefits outside of its ability to regulate sleep rhythms. In fact without the brain’s ability to manufacture the hormone … Read moreMelatonin does more than help you sleep

Sleep in the dark for good health

I’ve had two conversations with friends about this in the past few days, so this is a blog entry that bears repeating, with minor revisions. It seems like a no-brainer (pardon the pun), but sleeping with lights on or –- horror of horrors—the television screen flickering – is bad for your brain and bad for … Read moreSleep in the dark for good health

Improve your health while you sleep!

Think melatonin is just for outsmarting jet lag? Think again! It’s only active at night, but in those hours of darkness, melatonin can provide tremendous health benefits. Recent studies suggest this hormone bolsters immune systems; keeps cells from disintegrating and May even re-set the body’s aging clock. What it is: A hormone found a naturally … Read moreImprove your health while you sleep!

Lack of sleep causes brain shrinkage

The laundry list of the health risks linked to lack of sleep is growing longer and more frightening. Several new studies have unveiled a truly jolting series of results that boil down to this: Lack of sleep results in brain damage, brain shrinkage, poor memory and Alzheimer’s disease. Here is the down low on the … Read moreLack of sleep causes brain shrinkage