Monday’s post included a series of videos from a lecture by neurologist Stasha Gominak on vitamin D, sleep and healing. This post is a continuation of that discussion.
Sleep is a subject I want to learn more about because I believe it is a critical aspects of our investigation. I know the lymphatic system is more active at night but I don’t understand why or how. I would also like to learn more about what the body is doing while it’s asleep.
In an attempt to fill this information gap, The Promise of Sleep by Dr. William Dement is next on my reading list. If you have any other recommendations for informative resources on sleep, please let me know.
In the meantime, here are a few ideas I’ve come across recently for improving sleep quality. I’d love to hear your thoughts/suggestions in the comments below.
Dr. Gominak, of course, emphasizes the need for adequate vitamin D levels in her sleep patients. She also mentions that a deficiency in B12 can cause problems with sleep, too.
Another supplement known to improve sleep is 5-HTP. I first read about it in The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. The book includes a resource kit for treating sleep problems and 5-HTP is the first treatment she recommends. She says it cures a large portion of her patients and recommends it over the more common melatonin supplements.
Two of my close family members with sleep problems tried 5-HTP within the last few months. They both said their sleep was immediately improved.
Adjusting the light level in the evening before you go to bed also seems to have a dramatic effect on the hormones that regular sleep. This sounds bogus at first, but it makes sense when you consider throughout human history, we didn’t have light bulbs or computer screens. Our bodies are accustomed to sleep when it’s dark and be awake in the light.
There is a lot of research to support this which I won’t go into here, but it’s amazing how something as simple as dimming the lights or turning off the computer an hour earlier can effect the quality of your sleep. It’s a free, no-risk treatment so it’s worth a try.
I remember a sleep expert recommending this LED book light on Oprah a while back. It casts the majority of the light on the page instead of in your face, as common reading lights tend to do.
During our discussion of Lunaception, we talked about the theory that sleeping in total darkness can help regular your hormonal balance. You could use duct tape and trash bags, but a friend at work highly recommends this company in India that specializes in silk curtains. They have a black-out option and will custom make the curtains to fit your windows for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere.
My friend has discerning taste and she loves how her curtains turned out. We are going to order these for our bedroom. I can’t wait to see how they look.
Do you struggle with sleep? What are your best tips for improving sleep quality?
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