SLEEP BETTER, GET BETTER
Once you sleep better, you get better. In other words, after 19 years I’ve seen time and again how repairing one disorder—in this case sleep issues—almost invariably helps whatever else is going on with my patient. And sometimes they don’t even tell me the ‘other thing’ until it’s halfway fixed. I have no problem with that. As a sleep specialist I know that people have got a lot on their mind. Like trying to figure out how they’ll get sleep.
I use a combination of tactics to help my patients lick insomnia. First off I give them a list of things they can do for themselves.* Second we typically will do acupuncture. If they are ‘adventurous’ or properly motivated, we do hypnotherapy. If my diagnosis reveals a hormonal issue at work, I will suggest we do targeted supplements to get the glands back on track.
So how do we define insomnia/sleep disorders? Under these different categories:
- The inability to fall asleep in a timely manner
- Awakening shortly after falling asleep and being unable to resume sleeping
- Inability to sleep soundly
- Waking up too early
- The inability to sleep at all
- Sleep that doesn’t replenish (waking up feeling like you’ve been running all night)
*Among those actions they can take are these five:
- Drink cherry juice. It’s rich in melatonin, as is barley tomatoes, rice, sweet corn, oats, oranges and bananas.
- Allow yourself to create a relaxing visualization, and simply go with it. Perhaps a beach scene if you like the ocean, waves in the distance, gulls above, gentle rippling of the tide coming in and out, repetitively, in, and out…that sort of thing.
- Try not to go start thinking about projects you’re going to start tomorrow. Leave that for tomorrow. Instead bring your thoughts back to the nature setting, whether it was ocean, forest, etc.
- Turn off all visual stimuli an hour before going to bed.
- Adjust the temperature so it’s a little cooler than you might normally have it. A slight drop in temperature actually helps you get to sleep! That said, don’t get too cold or let your feet get cold—that’s not helpful for getting to sleep.
If you found this helpful and would like to handle your sleep issues without resorting to drugs, set up a free consultation or call for an appointment. (212) 777 7191