Although I have had a lot of problems sleeping, I rarely rely on medicated sleep aids. In desperation, earlier this year, when I was going through a stressful time and not sleeping, I broke down and bought a bottle of Nytol. I took a pill, and not only did I still not sleep, I felt groggy the next morning. It was a waste of time and a waste of money.
According to this episode of Dr. Oz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW5MCUZW1F0 reliance on sleep aids can increase your risk of cancer and increases your odds for an early death three-fold. Let’s face it, our odds of dying are 100%, but who wants to be greeted by the Grim Reaper earlier than they have to?
Over the last 3-4 days, I have been sleeping better but am still nowhere near the 7 hour goal. I find that Friday night/Saturday morning that I do get the magic number, but I can’t really count that, because I feel like it’s making up for sleep loss for the entire week. I did sleep better Thursday night and got almost 6 hours so it’s getting there. By watching a portion of a Dr. Oz Show, I found out that there were more foods that can help people get a good night of sleep naturally:
-Pumpkin Seed Powder (eat with apple sauce) – it contains tryptophan – the same amino acid found in turkey that makes you so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner
-Tart Cherry Juice – very high in melatonin which helps you regulate your sleep cycle
-Pulque – this is an alcoholic beverage that comes from the agave plant. Check out Dr. Oz’s reaction in the link when he tries it – I think it says it all
Scottish Oatmeal (not steel cut) – it contains tryptophan and melatonin and is supposed to help your nervous system relax. Adults are supposed to have 1/2 a cup before bedtime and it is the expert’s favourite choice
-Dandelion Greens – they are supposed to help with liver function helping to regulate your hormones
I’m going to try the Scottish Oatmeal or Pumpkin Seed Powder. I can be allergic to some types of cherries, and juice is very high in sugar. I don’t want to have alcohol every day and Dr. Oz’s reaction to the Pulque didn’t look promising and I am supposed to take his advice. Plus, I’d have to eat the dandelion greens every day to de-toxify my liver. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.