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"The International Longevity Center-USA, a research policy organization in New York City led by my friend and colleague Bob Butler, recently released its sleep and healthy aging tips for older adults, which offer comprehensive advice: Do: ?Go to bed at the same time each night, and get up and out of bed at the same time each morning. ?Keep your bedroom/sleeping area dark, cool, quiet, restful, and comfortable. ?If you cannot fall asleep within twenty minutes, get out of bed and read something boring until you feel sleepy. ?"
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"These occur during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, of which the average man has four or five episodes per night. REM sleep is also called paradoxical sleep because, while one is deeply asleep, the cerebral cortex, the center of higher brain functions, is active in a way that resembles waking consciousness. The eyes dart back and forth rapidly and the breathing grows irregular, but most other muscle activity is inhibited (probably as a safety mechanism). It is in this phase of sleep that dreams occur. During REM sleep, healthy males experience erections as well as rapid eye movements."
- Marc Bonnard M.D., The Viagra Alternative: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction Naturally (Get the book.)

"In addition, the hormones—both supplemental and natural—in animal products can disrupt hormonal balance, which can have negative impact on sleep (more on that topic in chapter 8, Balance Your Hormones). Cold-water fish, such as salmon, cod, and mackerel, can be especially beneficial. In addition to being a great source of lean, high-quality protein, they are rich in essential fatty acids, which play an important role in many physiological functions, including balancing hormones."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"This type of diet will provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need to reestablish regular, restorative sleep, as well as overall health and well-being. One thing alternative and conventional medicine agree on is that Americans should consume far less animal protein, fat (especially bad fats), and processed foods, and eat more complex carbohydrates, especially whole grains rich in fiber, and at least five servings daily of fruits and vegetables. Buck Levin, Ph.D."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"Changes in your sleep patterns: waking up often during the night, having trouble falling asleep, or wanting to sleep much of the time ?Changes in eating patterns: eating more or less than you used to, irrespective of hunger ?Difficulty concentrating or remembering things ?Fatigue and/or a lack of energy all the time ?Nervousness, irritability; inability to sit still ?Guilt: believing you "just can't do anything right" or that you are a burden to others ?"
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Thus, sleep deprivation can cause difficulties in the storage and recall process, which is why you may not feel quite as sharp after a night of tossing and turning. Though everyone varies in their sleeping patterns, a good rule of thumb for keeping your memory strong day to day is to make sure you keep regular sleeping habits and get seven or so hours a night."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"Set aside a specific time for worrying. Many of us tend to worry about the day's events or next day while in bed. Dr. Ancoli-lsrael recommends spending time in the daytime to process your concerns. "We suggest that people find 30 minutes earlier in the day when they can sit down quietly, put out the Do Not Disturb sign, and worry. That's your chance to sit and think about all the things that you're concerned about. We also recommend getting it out of your head and onto paper or your computer. Make a list of all that is on your mind."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"Probably a better prescription for sleep would be proper exercise. Recently researchers at Stanford J University School of Medicine tracked the sleep patterns of 43 adults who had complained of moderate sleep problems. Those who exercised moderately for 30 to 40 minutes, four times a week slept nearly an hour longer each night, fell asleep faster, and spent less time napping as well as having greater quality of sleep during the night.84 83 Journal of the American College of Cardiology, August, 1993. 84 Journal oj the American Medical Association, January 1, 1997. It gets better."
- Duncan Long, Attaining Medical Self Sufficiency
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"REM sleep is also called paradoxical sleep because, while one is deeply asleep, the cerebral cortex, the center of higher brain functions, is active in a way that resembles waking consciousness. The eyes dart back and forth rapidly and the breathing grows irregular, but most other muscle activity is inhibited (probably as a safety mechanism). It is in this phase of sleep that dreams occur. During REM sleep, healthy males experience erections as well as rapid eye movements. Erections begin even before birth, in the mother's uterus."
- Marc Bonnard M.D., The Viagra Alternative: The Complete Guide to Overcoming Erectile Dysfunction Naturally (Get the book.)

"Julie Gammack exposed test subjects to thirty to sixty minutes per day of direct sunlight, 55 and according to the Saint Louis University health web site, "Nursing home patients who were exposed to natural light had improved sleep quality. They had less difficulty falling asleep, fewer episodes of wakefulness during the night and greater satisfaction with the amount of sleep they got." Chalk up another victory for Solar Power! Vitamin D and hearing loss Some studies indicated that vitamin D deficiency could contribute to hearing loss in the elderly."
- Marc Sorenson, Solar Power For Optimal Health (Get the book.)

"Alpha occurs in meditation and restful states, theta in half-awake or dreaming-sleep states, and delta in profound dreamless sleep. Healers function typically in what Cade called the "fifth" state, consisting of a moderate amount of beta and theta, wide alpha, and no delta (though the latter finding has exceptions, as we shall see). Cade found that in the process of healing the healer induces his or her characteristic fifth state pattern in the patient. The transfer of brain-wave pattern can also occur when healer and patient are in separate locations and neither hear nor see each other."
- Ervin Laszlo, Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World (Get the book.)

"Sources of Toxins We are exposed to toxins every day of our lives, in air and water pollution, chemical and pesticide residues, mercury amalgam dental fillings, biological contaminants such as pollen and parasites, and genetically altered foods, among other sources. Even our own bodies can produce toxins, called endotoxins, which can be harmful if their numbers become excessive or if they aren't adequately neutralized. Environmental Pollution Toxins emanate from a variety of sources, but chiefly from environmental pollution."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"For example, the one category for "disorders of sleep" was replaced by 15 different categories, ranging from "primary insomnia" to "breathing-related sleep difficulties." Thus, over time, DSM-IV became, in the words of its editors, a detailed "classification of mental disorders that was developed for use in clinical, educational and research settings."17 Yet even as it became a standard reference, its wise authors recognized that they are dealing with muddy foundational concepts.18 Some scholars, psychiatrists among them, rejected the very notion that emotional problems are illnesses."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Let me sleep!" Smiling about your spouse's antics, you spring out of bed and hop in the shower. For some unknown reason, the water is freezing cold. Although you were looking forward to a long, warm shower, you say to yourself, I'm so lucky to have running water! I'm so much better off than people in other parts of the world. Smiling and singing through your shower of icicles, you later skip down the hall to check in on your kids. You see a black widow spider crawling across your sleeping toddler's face. You smile and tiptoe out of the room, not wanting to disturb the peace."
- Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (Get the book.)

"GABA: a supplement that induces relaxation, analgesia and sleep. It is a substance that is normally manufactured in the brain. 216 Tryptophan: an essential amino acid that is not synthesized by humans, but is essential as part of our diet and is obtained from dietary proteins such as red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese, as well as chocolate, oats, bananas, spirulina, peanuts, dried dates, mangoes, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. It is typically used as an effective sleep aid as well as an antidepressant."
- Kenneth W Thomas, Ron Gilbert, Gerd Schaller, Side Effects: The Hidden Agenda of the Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel (Get the book.)

"However, since much of the activity of the immune system takes place at night, some researchers have proposed that melatonin interacts with the immune system during sleep, helping to buffer the adverse effects of stress on the immune system.2 • Powerful Antioxidant Capabilities Melatonin is one of the most powerful antioxidants produced in the body. In addition, since it is both water and fat soluble, melatonin can reach almost every single cell in the body. On the down side, however, since it cannot store in the body, it must be replenished daily."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Mirapex, Requip, and Permax—reported suffering from sudden, uncontrollable attacks of sleep. Police investigators and medical researchers have also documented dozens of cases where people taking medicines have driven in a kind of semiconscious state. For example, in 2005 forensic toxicologists in Wisconsin described cases in which people taking Ambien had driven into mailboxes, parked cars, and other stationary objects. The drivers could not stay in their lanes, the Wisconsin scientists said, and there had been many near head-on collisions."
- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"Another important fact to consider in relation to alcohol is the effect it has on sleep. Alcohol is probably the leading cause of insomnia. While alcohol may serve as a depressant, causing the body to appear as though it is in a deep sleep, the sleep pattern is not a good one. After ingesting alcohol, particularly in combination with sugar, many people have difficulty falling asleep because of the vasodilative effects of alcohol and the rapid heart rate that follows. One of the most common things I see in my office is alcohol-induced cardiac arrhythmia."
- Stephen T., M.D. Sinatra, Optimum Health - A Cardiologist's Prescription for Optimum Health (Get the book.)

"The health risks associated with obesity are numerous and include hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and certain cancers (e.g., endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon) [8-16]. Obesity is also associated with psychosocial problems such as binge eating disorders and depression for some individuals [17]. Individuals who are obese are also adversely impacted by social bias and discrimination [18-20]."
- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Polymorphisms in UCP2 were associated with metabolic rate during sleep in older, but not younger, Pima Indians [82]. A stronger association between a UCP2 exon variant and BMI was found in South Indian subjects [83]. The same variant was not associated with obesity in a British population but was Meta-analysis is a statistical tool for pooling data from many studies into a single analysis, thus greatly increasing the statistical power of the analysis. correlated with fasting serum leptin concentrations in the presence of extreme obesity [83]."

- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Patients are considered to be at very high risk if they have existing comorbidities such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerotic diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or sleep apnea. This would include patients with a history of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, heart surgery, or angioplasty. Many obese patients may have "silent" comorbidities such as hyperlipidemia or hypertension."

- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Throughout the day I drifted between sleep and waking. I moved through many experiences: being with the water rushing down the mountain, being rooted in the earth, slowing down, feeling the heat of the sun, connecting to air through my breath and lungs. I digested the meaning of being rooted in the earth. I felt myself to be the tree my back was leaning against, consciously breathing oxygen into my lungs, knowing that it was the exhalation of this tree being and that it, in turn, was breathing in the carbon dioxide I was breathing out. We were linked."
- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness (Get the book.)

"These were depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety or worry, achy muscles, sleep problems, and not feeling satisfied after eating (eating satiation). The active group had significantly more improvement than placebo in the symptoms of fearfulness (500%), PMS moodiness (440%), muscle strength (460%), thinking a lot about food (260%), irritability (210%), focus (190%), craving starchy carbohydrates (190%), cravings in the afternoon or evening (170%), craving sweets (110%), motivation (100%), food portions (100%), and chocolate cravings (50%)."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

"This includes televisions, computers, and radios (you'll sleep better with these distracting objects out!). Use a battery-operated clock. Take inventory of your closet and clear out clothes made of unnatural fibers. Make a mental note to avoid buying clothes that require dry cleaning. Choose natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool, and hemp. When you do choose to dry-clean certain pieces, let them aerate outside for a day before placing them in your closet or wearing them. (And be sure to remove any plastic covering from the cleaners!"
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The symptoms most improved were appetite control, mood, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, and sleep. These studies show the importance of supplementing amino acid precursors to raise serotonin and dopamine levels. The sublingual delivery system is easier to follow and more efficient with fewer side effects. Study 1: Clinical Symptom Improvement Study Forty-two clients were followed over five weeks while using neurotransmitter supplement lozenges. Participants completed a fifty-one-point questionnaire relating to common signs and symptoms of serotonin and dopamine deficiencies."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

"Improve sleep patterns. • And help relieve migraine headaches. The bottom line is that every woman living in the industrialized world should seriously consider supplementation with natural progesterone. If you decide to begin a regimen of natural progesterone supplementation, look for a premium quality balancing cream that contains a minimum of 500 milligrams per ounce (the amount recommended by Dr. Lee) of 100% pure, USP grade progesterone, naturally derived from soybeans."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"One day you notice minor symptoms such as a sudden gain in weight or a disruption in sleep patterns or a decreased sex drive. You go for a checkup and receive a prescription for estrogen. As instructed, you take your daily dose of horse urine, but the symptoms get steadily worse. You're told to increase your dosage. Which you do. But the symptoms continue to get worse, and over time become alarming, since they now include problems such as irregular cycles, heavy clotting, or excessive bleeding. An examination of your uterus reveals significant abnormality."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"These were depressed mood, fatigue, low motivation, poor focus, poor muscle strength or feeling weak, anxiety or worry, fearfulness, PMS-related moodiness, irritability, anger, chronic pain, achy muscles, sleep problems, cravings in the afternoon or evening, eating large food portions, feeling not satisfied after eating, thinking about food often, and craving chocolate, caffeine, nicotine, starchy foods, sweets, or alcohol. Discussion of Study Results There were originally eight participants in each group of either active ingredients or the placebo lozenges."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

"He fell to the ground exhausted, went to sleep, and froze to death just before dawn—with the left side of his face frozen to the ice and snow. When I brought Mark out of hypnosis, he touched his left cheek—and discovered he could feel the touch. He smiled broadly and the smile extended to both sides of his face. The left side of his face no longer sagged. In fact, his face had completely healed. He kept in touch with me for five years, letting me know that his face was still fine. Remember, Mark was a born-again Christian. He didn't believe in the possibility of past lives."
- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

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