1. 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 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
    • calcium
    • magnesium
    • 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

  2. [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 headline at Medscape– a website your own doctor likely uses for decisions on YOU – is much gentler.

    “Insomnia Drugs: Some More Dangerous Than Others.”

    That must’ve been a favor for their drug company pals.

    Because they make it sound like some drugs AREN’T “as” dangerous…

    All while NEVER mentioning that there are ways to get sleep that aren’t dangerous at all.

    The SAFER way to sleep… tonight and every night

    The new report finds that since the year 2000, “serious outcomes” from the use and/or overuse of 42 common sleep meds has TRIPLED.

    Antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs that are also used as sleep meds are the “more dangerous than others” part of the headline.

    Supposedly, the newerbenzodiazepines and “Z drugs” like eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien)are what’s safer.

    But don’t ask your doctor about these “less dangerous” drugs yet.

    There’s a HUGE catch-- one that’s NOT in this study.

    See, they used data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers database.

    In other words, reports of people who took a drug and had an immediate terrible reaction, including accidental and/or intentional overdose.

    It doesn’t look at long-term risks

    And that’s where this stuff gets REALLY scary.

    Long-term use of the “safer” z-drugs and benzos can increase your risk of:

    • DEATH by 500%
    • DEMENTIA by 50%, and
    • FALLS by 40%.

    They’ve also been linked to car crashesallergic reactionsbreathing problems… and a crazy form of sleepwalking where you go out and do things WHILE STILL ASLEEP.

    And at the end of the day – or in this case, night – the drugs really only add just a few minutes to your total sleep time.

    So, let me give you three TRULY safe ways to get the rest you need… without poisoning yourself… and without facing these and other risks.

    1. Herbal tea: This is a pretty simple option – so simple many people dismiss it. Don’t -- a tea with chamomile and valerian and knock you right out.
    2. Supplements: Both GABA and 5-HTP are safe options that’ll help you get some shuteye without the risks.
    3. The “sleep” hormone: If you’re a little older, there’s a good chance you’re low in melatonin… a.k.a. the “sleep hormone.” Boost the melatonin, and you’ll get the rest you need.

    For best results, look for a form that is micronized into a spray so that it gets absorbed instantly… and takes effect in a jiff.

  3. Get your forty winks or pack on the pounds

    Back in February I told you about how lack of sleep can make you fat. I explained that being tired literally makes our brains hungrier. Now, new research has confirmed that not getting enough zzzs is bad for our waistlines, our hearts, and our blood sugar.

    The paper, published in a special issue of The American Journal of Human Biology, gathered together the results from a number of studies on sleep. According to the researchers, getting less than six hours of sleep a night is linked with a higher body mass index (BMI) or obesity.

    And, of course, when the numbers start climbing upwards on the scale, so do your risks for heart troubles and diabetes. So, if you're one of the 18 percent of adults who is getting less than six hours of shuteye a night it's time to wake up and commit to getting more zzzs.

  4. 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.
  5. The link between high blood sugar and poor sleep

    Do you or your partner snore at night? If so, please read closely. A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago has uncovered a critical link between how well you sleep and how well you metabolize sugar. Scientists examined the sleep patterns of 1,008 men and women. They were specifically looking for disturbances in sleep called apneas. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses, causing breathing to stop momentarily. During an episode of sleep apnea, you may miss two, three, even four breaths before rousing slightly to resume breathing. And some people can have a hundred episodes throughout the night. Sure -- this makes you tired the next day. But this pattern of interrupted breathing also leads to poor absorption of oxygen into your blood. And as you can imagine, not getting enough oxygen into your blood can cause a whole host of health issues. In fact, according to the University of Illinois study, a history of poor blood oxygenation may play a compounding role in developing type-2 diabetes. Scientists found that 75 percent of the participants in their study did have sleep apnea. (This meant that they had at least five or more episodes of halted breathing per hour.) And of the men and women who had sleep apnea, 30 percent of them also had type-2 diabetes. On the other hand, only 18 percent of the men and women without sleep apnea had type-2 diabetes. So -- if you're over 55 and a heavy snorer (and your partner will know!), it's highly possible you have sleep apnea as well. I strongly urge you to seek treatment, as sleep apnea is a progressive problem that can affect your overall health. There are different types of non-invasive treatment options now that have shown good success in improving sleep apnea. Also, make sure you have your blood sugar levels tested as well. You run about twice the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

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