Enjoy Your Waking Hours More

One of the best ways to get more out of your day is by getting a truly restful night’s sleep.

We’ve written here before about the importance of being tested for sleep apnea if you are a habitual and loud snorer and you have real difficulty staying focused and alert in the mid-afternoon hours.  These can be symptoms of sleep apnea.  Don’t minimize the significance of treating this illness. According to a study of over nine thousand men and women conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men with apnea are twice as likely to be depressed as men who do not have the condition (women are 5 times as likely to be depressed). Depression is most likely in people who have difficulties five or more nights a week.

If you just have difficulty sleeping, here is something you may find helpful. People who drank two ounces of tart cherry juice concentrate a day slept 39 minutes longer and spent less time awake in bed than those who drank a non-cherry fruit drink. Cherry juice significantly raises the levels of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Try drinking cherry juice concentrate 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. You can find cherry juice in most health food stores.

Another thing you can try to help you fall asleep quickly and achieve a deep restful sleep is to take a warm shower 15 minutes before going to bed to help you relax.  Then, set your room thermostat down (experts suggest 68 degrees) to help you sleep more soundly.


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