Good Night's Sleep
I'm going to outline some suggestions about how to get a good night's sleep. Then I'll expand on each suggestion. Here they are:
1) Consider sleeping on a magnetic mattress pad. I've slept on one for the last three years, and I wouldn't be without it.
2) You can buy an inexpensive CD (under $20.00) and listen to it for 15 minutes before you go to bed. The CD will take you down into Delta Zone, the brainwave pattern you enter when you normally fall into deep sleep.
3) Buy a sleep mask and wear it to bed, so that NO light enters your eyes. I use my sleep mask just about every night.
4) Give your body some extra melatonin each night, as well as other herbs like chamomile, that help induce safe and restful sleep. Chances are very good that you won't need to take it for more than 2 months.
Okay, let's expand on each of these suggestions. First, the magnetic mattress pad.
I've been sleeping on a magnetic mattress pad made by Advantage Magnetics for more than 3 years. I bought it because I had injured my shoulder in a weight-lifting accident. Within the first year, my frozen shoulder healed itself. I give the mattress pad part of the credit. But I also noticed that I was now enjoying deep and peaceful sleep every night. It turns out that magnetic mattress pads increase the blood flow in your body by 300 percent. NOT BLOOD PRESSURE, but blood flow. That means that your brain, as well as all your other organs, are receiving three times as many oxygen-enriched blood cells, as they do when you're awake. This helps promote deep sleep, and it promotes healing in every part of your body.
There are lots of magnetic mattress pads out there. Nikken is considered one of the best. It's expensive. I researched all the available pads, and chose Advantage. You can go to their website, and do some reading: www,advantagemagnetics.com Or call 1-888-682-0114, and ask them to send you some printed information. You can use the pad for 30 days, and return it if you don't like it.
My second suggestion is that you buy a CD which will specifically take your brain waves down into Delta Zone. Let me explain that.
Our brains generate electrical patterns known as brainwaves. The four distinct patterns are Beta, Alpha, Theta, & Delta. Each of these electrical wave patterns change the way that you perceive the world, as well as the manner in which you process information. They're measured in hertz (Hz) or cycles per second.
Beta brainwaves are the daily norm for most people (13 - 34 Hz). Anxiety and stress are most likely to occur in the high Beta range. Alpha brainwaves (8 - 12 Hz) occur when we are relaxed and calm. Theta (4 - 7 Hz) is a deeply relaxed and creative state in which the focus is inward. Most of history's greatest artists produced their masterpieces while under the stimulus of Theta brainwaves.
The final state is Delta (1.5 - 3 Hz). Each of us experiences the Delta state during the 90 minutes or so of dreamless sleep which occurs soon after you go to bed. Our bodies do their best healing during that 90 minute stretch of deep sleep. The brain increases its production of DHEA, melatonin, and Human Growth Hormone, and decreases its levels of cortisol, an age-accelerating hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands. It's very important to be in bed most nights by 10 p.m., so you can get that 90 minutes of healing, dreamless sleep before midnight.
If you've had a stressful day, or watched a lot of TV right before bedtime, your brain is probably in the high Beta range. Instead of tossing and turning, until your brain slows down of its own accord, I suggest you buy a CD, which is designed to take your brainwaves down into Delta zone within 15 minutes or so.
I use Holosync for one hour every morning to do precisely that: take my brain down into Delta zone. So I know that brainwave CDs do, in fact, work. Holosync is expensive, but there are very inexpensive CD's available that will take you into Delta Zone. Two of them are sold by the same company, Tools For Wellness, and cost only $19.95 each. The first is called Harmonic Sleep CD, and was developed by Doctor Paul Swingle. The second is Delta Sleep System, by Doctor Jeffrey Thompson, a well known sleep research specialist. The Tools For Wellness Website is: http://www.toolsforwellness.com They have a truly fascinating print catalog, which is more entertaining than most books. You might want to call 1-800-456-9887, and order a catalog.
My third suggestion is to wear a sleep mask over your eyes. Many people can't sleep deeply unless their bedroom is totally dark. I'm one of those. My sleep mask is a Sleepmaster. I forget where I bought it. But if you do a Search on Sleepmaster sleep masks, you'll find a number of sources that sell it. There are lots of good sleep masks on the market. Tools For Wellness also sells two separate masks.
My final suggestion, is what your intuition has already suggested to you: that you give melatonin another try. I recommend an herbal sleep supplement that is made by Swanson Vitamins. It's called Sleep Esssentials, costs just $4.29 for 120 capsules, and contains 3 mg of melatonin, as well as Chamomile, hops flower, and passionflower. Give it, or a similar good product, a try for 3 or 4 months. Swansons's website is:www.swansonvitamins.com
Their phone # is 1-800-437-4148.
I will keep you in my prayers. Sweet dreams!