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  1. Why they’re trying to SCARE you off of THIS natural sleep aid

    For years, they IGNORED it.

    If you asked about it, they'd BLOW YOU OFF.

    And if you came right out and ADMITTED to taking melatonin for sleep…

    They'd practically MOCK you for it.

    "Oh, you're one of THOSE, are you?" a conventional doc might say with a dramatic roll of the eyes.

    Well, friend, it looks like they're not rolling their eyes anymore.

    Melatonin has their attention now – and instead of MOCKING you over it, they're doing everything they can to SCARE YOU AWAY!

    What's changed?

    Not the melatonin. As you'll see in a moment, it was – and remains – the BEST natural sleep aid out there.

    Here's the REAL reason they're driving home the fear factor… and trying to get you to QUIT.

    As more Americans discover melatonin… more Americans are DITCHING sleep meds.

    They're discovering they DON'T need those drugs to get a full night of perfect refreshing shuteye.

    And they certainly DON'T need the side effects…

    Like the morning-after "hangover"… cognitive issues… and serious long-term risks…

    Which could include DEATH , by the way. (Pleasant dreams!)

    Melatonin does the trick WITHOUT all that… making it a THREAT to the establishment.

    As a result, you get headlines like those we're seeing right now… ones that claim TOO MANY people are TAKING TOO MUCH melatonin.

    Sounds serious, right?

    In fact, it may sound REALLY bad when a new report claims the number of people going beyond the "highest" dose of 5 mg has QUADRUPLED.

    But don't head over to the local ER looking for "melatonin overdose" victims. Ya probably won't find any.

    If you take too much melatonin, you MIGHT be extra sleepy the next day… or have a headache or tummyache.

    It's certainly not like taking too much of a sleep med… which could flat-out KILL ya.

    Oh, and "quadrupled" sure sounds scary… but it's still only the TINIEST fraction of people.

    Here's what they're REALLY afraid of…and why they're HYPING this new report.

    It's not the supposed increase in people taking higher doses of melatonin.

    It's the increase in the number of people taking melatonin, period!

    The same study finds melatonin use overall has more than QUINTUPLED… with 1 in 50 American adults now taking it at least sometimes.

    That means more than 1 in 50 American adults are potentially off the market for "sleeping pills."

    And that's a THREAT to the bottom line!

    Feel free to continue to be that threat. When they're scared of you, that's a sign you're doing something RIGHT.

    And if you want to try melatonin… or are using it already… I don't typically recommend 5 mg.

    SOME people may need that much. Your doc can help you figure out if you're one of 'em.

    In general, I find about 3 mg will do the trick -- but many people get help from even lower doses.

    So, start small… and see what happens.

    I like the spray form… as it gets absorbed much more quickly than a capsule, so it goes to work right away.

    And for anybody on the younger side… say, under 45… I usually go with valerian.


  2. Guys: What your ‘down there’ part is REALLY telling you

    Call it a blunt message from your “best friend.”

    And guys, it’s the kind you just CAN’T ignore -- no matter how HARD you try!

    When your “down there” part stops working right… when you can’t get it up anymore… when things stop happening for you in the bedroom department…

    It’s NOT a sign of age.

    It’s a CRY FOR HELP!

    New research finds that guys seeking help for these “issues” often have another seemingly unrelated condition.

    It’s not nearly as obvious as those 2 little letters NO guy ever wants to hear. (Ya know, the ones that start with an “E” and end with a “D.”)

    But THIS condition is far more dangerous, as it’s linked to chronic disease and early death.

    Your “friend” down there could be trying to save your life -- if you can understand what he’s telling you!

    The HIDDEN cause of ‘those’ problems

    The new study looked at older guys visiting a urologist about issues below the belt.

    Many of them were ready to sign up for some kind of treatment… up to and including implants to get things working right again.

    But further tests revealed something else…

    Two-thirds of them had sleep apnea!

    That’s the condition where you stop breathing in the night, depriving all your vital parts of essential oxygen.

    It’s been linked repeatedly to sex problems in men and women alike, including libido struggles and an actual physical inability to “do it.”

    And I got news for you, guys…

    That ain’t even the worst of it!

    Sleep apnea has been linked to…

    • heart disease and heart attack
    • stroke
    • hypertension
    • dementia
    • weight gain and metabolic struggles
    • fatigue

    I could go on… but I think you get the point.

    Most of these conditions have something in common…

    You can’t SEE or FEEL them happening, at least not in the early stages.

    But you certainly WILL notice when you can’t get cooking between the sheets anymore.

    It’s as if your penis is trying to WARN you.

    You won’t solve these problems with sex meds… implants… or any of the other stuff men are turning to these days.

    And you won’t solve the apnea part with surgery to open up your airways… or by sleeping with an oxygen tank and a mask to ensure you keep breathing right.

    There’s ANOTHER way – a BETTER one, that’s also MUCH safer and far MORE effective, too.

    You just gotta lose some weight!

    We’re heading into the season of resolutions after all…

    And since we’re unlikely to schedule that dream cruise this year… or finally take that trip to Paris… why not finally commit to some weight loss instead?

    It’s NOT as hard as you think…

    And studies show losing even just 10% of your body weight can dramatically ease the apnea…

    PROTECTING you from all of those health risks… and maybe even getting your “down there” parts back ONLINE.

    I recommend a diet with ZERO processed foods and MINIMAL carbohydrates.

    Yes, the low-carb diet… or Atkins… or South Beach… or caveman… whatever you wanna call it. It’s not the NAME that matters -- only that you FOLLOW IT.

    I promise you this: It works.

    Oh, and a diet rich in animal fats and seafood also has plenty of zinc in it – and zinc, as they say, can put some lead into your pencil, too.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. It turns out that “bedroom blues”… especially when paired with low testosterone… has even been linked to SKYROCKETING death risk! Click here for the signs you’ll wanna watch out for.

  3. SHORE UP your defenses by beating back sleeplessness and anxiety

    You’re so anxious that you can’t sleep… And because you haven’t slept, now you’re even more anxious the next day. Sound familiar? 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...
  4. [URGENT] Popular sleep meds in DEADLY new link

    It’s a lesson in how NOT to warn Americans about a dangerous drug! There’s an entire class of medication out there… taken by millions of Americans, especially older folks… nearly every single night for sleep. A new report finds… they’re ALL poisonous. ALL of them.EVERY… LAST… ONE. THAT should be the headline, right? Of course, that’s NOT how they covered this. The...
  5. The Shocking Link Between Sleep and Blood Pressure

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    Blood pressure and sleepWhen you were younger, you probably didn’t even think about maintaining healthy blood pressure numbers. They were just where you needed them to be. Now that you’re older, it’s a little different. These days, your doctor is more likely to look closer at those numbers. And you’re more likely to look closely. Because you both realize maintaining healthy blood pressure is more important than ever. But what happens if, in spite of your best efforts, you just haven’t quite figured out the proper equation for keeping those numbers exactly where you want them? Maybe that’s when it’s time to look at how much sleep you’re getting. That’s right – sleep. Because sleep and blood pressure are linked in ways you may not realize. Continue reading →
  6. 10 Ways to Help Make Joint Pain at Night A Thing of the Past

    night joint painDoes it ever feel like joint pain at night is worse than it is during the day? You’re going along all morning and afternoon, just fine, with your pain reasonably under control. Then night comes and your joint pain gets worse – and worse – until you can’t get comfortable, you can’t fall asleep, and once you do, you can’t manage to stay asleep. It’s enough to make you dread getting in bed. The pressure points, having to roll over, risking tweaking a joint because you turned the wrong way or because you got twisted in the blankets. But you can put that dread to bed because we’ve got ways to help you make joint pain at night a thing of the past! Continue reading →
  7. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night. You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep. Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep. If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine. After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important. These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do. Continue reading →
  8. Sleep and Memory: Can Sleep Help Improve Your Memory?

    memory and sleepMaybe you’re starting to have the occasional “senior moment.” Maybe you’re not there yet – but regardless, you don’t want them. Or maybe you just love learning and want to make sure you can keep doing it. For whatever reason, you’re looking to improve your memory. So you’ve started doing crossword puzzles and those brain games they advertise on television. But have you looked at how well you’re sleeping? Have you even considered how sleep and memory might be related and how it may even improve your memory? Because if you haven’t, you may want to – and you may find yourself surprised at how sleep can improve your memory. Continue reading →
  9. 6 Different Sleeping Positions and How They Affect Your Health

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    Different positions sleepingYou know that getting between seven and eight hours of sleep a night is good for your physical and mental health, but the story doesn’t stop there. What most people don’t realize is that the different sleeping positions we choose can actually affect our health. Continue reading →
  10. How Important is Sleep for Your Mental Health?

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    mental health sleepWhen you don’t sleep well for a night or two, you may be a little grumpy…a little irritable. But that’s to be expected. After all, you didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before. But what happens to your mental health when you keep missing sleep? Just how important is sleep for your mental health? Continue reading →
  11. Chronic stress is a memory killer

    Trouble remembering where you parked the car? Forgetting appointments or blanking on people’s names? Don’t panic, chances are it isn't early Alzheimer’s. And no, you don’t have a brain tumor. The truth is, you’re probably just experiencing a little bit of chronic stress. And the cure for those brain burps is as simple as it gets: relax! Continue reading →
  12. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.
  13. Lack of sleep could raise your stroke risk 54%

    I’ve told you before how dangerous a lack of sleep could be to your health. Now a new study out of Taiwan really drives that point home with a bang. Researchers found that sleeplessness, or insomnia, may boost your risk of stoke by a staggering 54 percent. The four-year-long study compared the health records of more than 21,000 people who suffer with insomnia to 64,000 who don’t have the condition. When the researchers crunched the numbers, and adjusted for other factors, they say there was a clear link between lack of sleep and stroke. And the worse your sleeping problem is the higher your stroke risk is.

    From diabetes to brain damage.. lack of sleep raises your risks

    As I’ve explained before, insomnia can raise your risk for a number of health problems including high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and even brain damage. It now looks like we need to add stroke to that list. Perhaps must shocking of all is that younger insomniacs, people between the ages of 18 to 34, were eight times more likely to suffer a stroke when compared to their snoozing peers. Proving that no matter your age, you need to start taking sleep—or lack of it—seriously. But, whatever you do, don’t fall for Big Pharma’s dangerous sleep drugs. To find out why sleeping pills aren’t the answer to lack of sleep, as well as read up on some natural shut-eye tricks, click here.
  14. Insomnia can be bad for your heart health

    If you have insomnia, nobody needs to tell you that it takes a toll on your day-to-day life. But do you know about the more serious consequences of insomnia? It can have a major effect on your health. In fact, a brand new study found that men and women who can't fall asleep in their own bed face a much higher risk of winding up in a hospital bed! For this study, researchers analyzed data for more than 50,000 Norwegian adults who filled out a national survey about their sleep habits. The researchers followed these adults over 11 years. During this time, 2,368 men and women suffered heart attacks. After analyzing the data... The researchers found that insomniacs ran a 45 percent greater heart attack risk than men and women who didn't have problems falling asleep. Plus, the men and women who fell asleep fine, but had trouble staying asleep through the night, showed a 30 percent increased heart attack risk. According to Edward Fisher, professor of cardiovascular medicine at NYU says, "animals with disrupted circadian rhythms develop metabolic changes." When these problems occur in humans, it might increase heart disease risk as well. So, if you run into a bout of insomnia, take measures to correct the problem. Skip the Ambien and try a steaming hot shower with the lights turned down low. That's my go-to insomnia cure.
  15. Benefits of green tea extract: Boost your mental focus in 16 weeks

    Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) sounds pretty harmless. But it‘s not. It means you have memory or language problems beyond those attributed to normal aging. Your friends and family may notice your lapses in memory. But it doesn‘t interfere with your day-to-day life. However, most experts agree that having MCI raises your risk of developing Alzheimer‘s disease. Currently, there is no mainstream treatment for mild cognitive impairment. But you know I‘m not a mainstream guy. A new study found that men and women with mild cognitive impairment significantly improved their "mental focus" without taking a single drug. For the study, Korean scientists recruited 90 men and women with mild cognitive impairment. They divided the volunteers into two groups. One group received a placebo and the other group received 1,680 mg of green tea extract with L- theanine. (According to NutraIngredients USA, L-theanine "is an amino acid found in tea leaves thought to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve the quality of sleep.") The volunteers followed this regimen for 16 weeks. Then, they took a battery of tests. The green tea group showed "significant" improvement in memory and recall. Plus, 24 volunteers took EEG scans of their brains. Again, the green tea drinkers showed improvements in specific areas of the brain associated with mental alertness. (I‘d also throw some ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine in there, but that‘s another story.) Bottom line? Even if you don‘t have mild cognitive impairment, you may benefit from taking a green tea/L-theanine extract. Plus, you may want to look back at my Guide to Good Health from last year. I talked about one antioxidant proven to slash your Alzheimer‘s risk by a whopping 54 percent.
  16. Skip the sedative hypnotic drugs and get a safer night sleep

    A recent study found that men and women who take sedatives to sleep may increase their mortality risk by more than a third. Now, I know that lack of sleep is a huge problem, especially if you‘re under a lot of stress. But if you take a drug like Ambien to catch some z‘s, you could be heading for disaster. The good news is, there are plenty of safe and natural sleep aids that won‘t send you to an early grave. More about those in a moment. But first, let me explain...

    Why sedatives are so bad

    According to some research, 20 percent of adults use some type of sleep aid each night. You may take an OTC drug like Tylenol PM to help get you through a rough couple of nights. These drugs contain antihistamines plus pain relievers. These drugs are tough on the liver and your digestive system, but they‘re not nearly in the same league as a prescription drug like Ambien. Ambien belongs to a class of drugs called sedative hypnotics. And there are two distinct types of sedative hypnotics. The first type of sedatives -- called benzodiazepines -- hit the market in the 1950s. Xanax and Ativan are the most well-known. Side effects range from daytime sleepiness to urinary incontinence to respiratory problems. But the biggest drawback for these heavy-duty drugs is the tendency to become dependent on them. Plus, these drugs stay in your system longer than a newer class of hypnotics called non-benzodiazepines. And that‘s why the more recent drugs like Ambien have been such blockbusters. They‘re perceived as safer and less addicting. But according to the new study, they‘re just as dangerous...if not more so because you think you‘re safe taking them for a longer period.

    Sedative drug use may increase mortality risk by 36 percent

    For this study, scientists analyzed data for 14,000 people. They found that men and women who took a sedative hypnotic drug had a 36 percent greater risk of dying. And those at greatest risk were men and women over age 55. In addition, men and women with pre-existing health conditions -- such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory disease -- also ran a greater risk of dying after taking a sedative. According to the published report, there are a number of reasons why this happens... First off, both types of sedative hypnotic drugs impair your ability to stay alert. They also affect your coordination. This -- they authors wrote -- contributes to an increase in falls and car accidents. Secondly, we know that these drugs can also trigger or aggravate breathing disorders. So imagine what taking a sedative will do to someone who‘s already got sleep apnea or asthma...or someone who smokes! It‘s a recipe for disaster. Lastly, these drugs may cause depression...or make existing depression worse. They can also play games with your central nervous system. As a result, feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin can be disturbed. Therefore, I‘m guessing that some of the premature deaths in the study may have occurred due to suicide. So if sedative drugs aren‘t the answer to your sleep problems...what is?

    Safely and naturally improving your sleep

    You already know to keep your room a cool, dark, TV-free zone. And exercising before bed will just rev you up. Plus, here are few other tips that should help you get back to a healthy sleep pattern... 1. Get off all stimulants. Yup, even in the morning. Coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate are the obvious culprits. But you should also avoid taking ginseng, B12, or milk thistle before bed too. You‘ll also want to avoid eating bacon, cheese, chocolate, ham, potatoes, sugar, sausage, spinach, or tomatoes close to bedtime. These foods contain tyramine, which increases the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant. Most processed foods also contain tyramine. 2. Try upping your daily magnesium. Go for 500 mg capsules at bedtime. If you also suffer from mild anxiety, this amount of magnesium may also lessen your symptoms. 3. If you‘re under the age of 40, try using l-tryptophan. It‘s an essential amino acid found in turkey, chicken, tuna, whole grain crackers, eggs, bananas, figs and dates. So, if you must eat before bed, these are all safe choices. But of course, to get enough l-tryptophan from food, you‘d have too eat a lot of it— nothing like a whole turkey before bed, right? So supplementing is ideal. L- tryptophan will help gently induce sleep. Plus, unlike many drugs, it won‘t cause morning-after fogginess. That said, unfortunately, if you suffer from lactose intolerance, you may have trouble absorbing l-tryptophan. So if that‘s the case, stick to the other options. 4. I‘ve also seen excellent results using melatonin supplements. Just beware, melatonin is a hormone. So I don‘t recommend taking it if you‘re younger than 40. But as we get older, our melatonin production slows down so there‘s less of a chance of you getting "too much" by taking it as a supplement. Go for the smallest dose to start: 1.5 mg at bedtime for ages 40 to 50 or 3 mg for people over the age of 50. With higher dosages, you might wake up drowsy. If that‘s the case, you know you‘ve taken too much. 5. After a certain age, many of us wake up every night to visit the bathroom. If you want to get ahead of the curve and support healthy bladder function now, there‘s a plant extract call three-leaf caper that just might help. Used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, three-leaf caper strengthens and tones the bladder wall so it can empty more fully. You‘ll find three-leaf caper, along with several other herbs that support bladder function, in a NorthStar Nutritional product called UroLogic. To learn more about three-leaf caper and UroLogic, read this: For men interested in a product that supports bladder as well as prostate function, consider ProSense by NorthStar Nutritionals: It‘s a safe, natural, and effective way to address both bladder and prostate health. Just remember, when you sleep it‘s your body‘s time to refresh and reboot. It‘s vital for your overall health. So if you‘re not getting enough restful z‘s, give one of these natural sleep aids a try.

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