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Dr. Proffman on Sleep, Sleeping Pills & a Natural Solution

written by Guest Blogger June 6, 2013

A good night’s sleep can be worth a pot of gold for some people. Co-author of the ebook, The Deep Sleep Diet, Dr. Mitch Proffman contributes today’s guest post where he touches on sleeping pills and provides a natural tip on how to achieve a deep sleep.

Sleep is so important. I’m sure if you are reading this blog you understand that there are three pillars of good health: diet, exercise, and sleep. We all know we need to get a good night’s sleep, yet we know we’re living in a society that wants us to work more hours, and offers us lots of more things to do during the day, and as a result we are sleeping less.

It is important that if you aren’t getting the sleep you need, you should be taking some action. I know we all would like it if there was a magic pill, a quick fix, but there isn’t. The way to fix the problem is not to run out to your doctor and get a prescription for sleep medication. Once you understand you need to take some action, you should also recognize that there isn’t a one size fits all solution to the problem, as there are many different types of sleeping disorders.

Although, it can be tricky and complicated, there are some very good steps you can take.

More celebrities and well-known medical professionals are starting to understand the importance of sleep and recognizing that the prescription sleeping medications aren’t the answer. The FDA recently announced that it is requiring the manufacturers of zolpidem, a popular sleeping pill sold as Ambien and Edluar, to reduce recommended dosages for a number of reasons. Those taking the pills on a regular basis can wake up feeling impaired and not fully alert.

Even if you feel awake you could be impaired. This isn’t good, as you might have to drive to work or make some kind of important decision. The warnings say that the risk is higher in women than men. So what does this tell us? You really shouldn’t be using sleeping pills on a regular basis. It can be risky. Although I’m not recommending it, I wanted to mention that the FDA also recently approved a new Middle-of-Night Sleeping Pill called Intermezzo. The purpose of the pill is to help those who wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep. We will have more to say about it later on.

Although recent studies have told us women are more sleep deprived than men, I’m not suggesting that men don’t need to pay attention to what happens during the night. There are lots of benefits that we gain when we get a good night’s sleep. Our skin will glow, we will stop craving unhealthy foods, and there is a good possibility that our sex drive will increase. Not bad stuff. I’m sure you can all identify.

I wanted to talk a little bit about exercise, as it has a lot to do with sleep. Everyone knows that we need to exercise. There are several reasons why we need to exercise. It is good for our waistlines, helps to relieve any stress that we might be dealing with, and helps to clear the mind. Guess what, exercise is also plays an important role when it comes to sleep. That’s right. If you exercise regularly it will help to improve your sleep.

As you know, there are all sorts of exercise and you need to find what works best for you. In our book, we talk about sleep and yoga. There are certain yoga poses that can and do help when it comes time to get ready for sleep. We actually speak about four good poses that you can use. One of the reasons yoga is so good is that it helps you relax your body. Remember, when it comes time for bed, you not only want to relax your mind, but also your body.

About the Author

Dr. Mitchell Proffman is a holistic chiropractor who has been interested in natural ways to cure insomnia and sleep issues for the past ten years. He has co-authored an eBook: The Deep Sleep Diet with an English Professor, James A. Voketaitis. Visit Dr. Proffman’s website to find out more about his work.

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