Sometimes, despite all your efforts, insomnia strikes and no matter what you do it just won’t go away…
Trust me, I know how frustrating it can be: You switch off all devices and the television at least an hour before bedtime, you eat dinner early and don’t snack, sip your chamomile tea, and hit the hay at the same time each night… and yet, you STILL might have trouble falling – or staying – asleep.
Well, now the latest news suggests that leaving your smartphone or tablet ON could actually help you fight the battle against insomnia.
But instead of staring at a bright screen with that retina-damaging blue light, you’d be listening – specifically, to a podcast called “Sleep with Me.”
Its host and creator, Drew Ackerman, wants to literally TALK you to sleep… in a slow, deep, gravelly voice.
The theory is that if you have trouble falling asleep, it may be because your brain simply can’t switch off quickly. So turning EVERYTHING off at bedtime actually lets all your thoughts and anxieties flood your mind, keeping you awake.
While it might take the average person eight to 12 minutes to fall asleep, these podcasts give you a little bit longer to settle down for the night – from 45 minutes to two hours.
And, by design, they’re not too interesting. At least, not enough to keep you awake so you can find out what happens.
The podcast is available as a free trial but, like anything else, it’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment for insomnia.
You may need to combine some of these natural alternatives along with the podcast:
- L-theanine: A natural herbal remedy proven to help you relax
- 5-HTP: A key amino acid that helps regulate your brain’s serotonin levels. Research has found that it can give you more of the deep sleep that’s important for brain health.
- Exercise: Extra energy spent during waking hours can reduce your anxiety, which could help you rest easier in the evening.
I don’t need to tell you again how important it is to consistently get a good night’s sleep. If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while, you know that not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s – and it can even add to your waistline.
If you’ve tried every natural sleep remedy and are still having trouble, you don’t have to settle for being one of those people who “just doesn’t sleep.”
In fact, you might have something more serious going on. A doctor trained in natural medicine can help you identify the root cause of your insomnia and sleep disturbances – and he won’t dope you up on sleep aids that can leave you groggy the next day.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
The Podcast That Tells Ingeniously Boring Bedtime Stories to Help You Fall Asleep, newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-podcast-that-tells-ingeniously-boring-bedtime-stories-to-help-you-fall-asleep