You’re so anxious that you can’t sleep…
And because you haven’t slept, now you’re even more anxious the next day.
Yeah, there’s A LOT of that going around right now!
It’s a minor miracle that any of us are getting any sleep at all.
And that leads to the ultimate irony.
Your immune system DEPENDS on sleep.
When you’re out for the night, that’s when your immunity army gets a chance to rearm itself… so it’s locked, loaded, and ready for battle.
When you miss out on shuteye, it’s not just YOU that feels rundown and ragged.
Your disease-fighting cells could be positively POOPED – exposing you to a HIGHER risk of infection and illness.
So today, let’s take a look at how to TURN OFF the noise… and SHUT DOWN for the night.
Sleep like a baby without a care in the world
If all good things must come to an end…
Then the SAME must go for bad things, too.
As they say, “This too shall pass.”
But until it does… the FIRST thing I want you to do is this.
Pick up the remote… and turn the television OFF every now and again. (Or at least switch it to something other than news.)
DON’T turn to meds for anxiety.
Instead, try some nutritional therapy to help ease your worries… and ensure calm.
I’m talking about…
- B vitamins
- the neurotransmitter GABA, and
- some herbal teas.
Second, you’ll want to make sure you get those full nights of restful sleep that are so essential to helping your ward off disease.
As with anxiety, many sleepless folks are popping pills.
But the next day, sleep meds can leave you feeling hungover and, well, weird.
And if you think you have anxiety NOW, just wait ’til you see the long-term risks of those drugs… which include everything from dementia to early death.
There’s a simpler way.
Once again, I want you to turn everything off – the lights, the TV, your cell phone, wifi, EVERYTHING. Make the room as DARK as possible.
For an EXCELLENT sleep aid that’s natural, try that same GABA that can help ease anxiety.
Need something a little stronger?
You got it -- melatonin. The “sleep hormone” tells your brain when it’s time to shut down.
I like the “spray” form. Since you don’t have to wait for your stomach to digest a capsule, it kicks in pretty much right away.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen