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  • Ripe for the Sleeping

    Sleep issues are an epidemic in America. While many people look for answers in laboratories, not enough of us check the local produce section for the path to healthier sleep.

    Using superfruits instead of drugs for a good night’s sleep
    By Sherry Alexander, DO
  • When Insomnia Strikes

    It’s springtime, 66 degrees at night. The frogs are croaking softly outside your window and the wind is gently rustling the newly formed leaves on the trees. The earth is whispering her soft goodnight exhala­tions and your mind is clear, your soul at ease. You drift off as soon as your head hits the pillow and sleep, sleep, sleep.

    The connection between stress and sleep, and how to beat it
    By Adam Swenson
  • Tea for Your: Insomnia

    Spring is in the air, and daylight saving time is around the corner. While we all love our longer days, according to Michael J. Breus, PhD, the setting and resetting of the 24-hour cycle affects our circadian rhythm (our internal clock). By having to go to bed at a new “earlier” time than normal, we find ourselves unable to fall asleep or stay asleep.

  • Focus On: Melatonin

    What it is: Melatonin is a hormone made in a small gland in the brain called the pineal gland that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles. The body naturally makes a small amount of melatonin, but levels seem to drop slowly with age. Levels begin to increase in mid-to-late evening and drop in the early hours of the morning.

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  • Eat Right to Sleep Tight

     
    Can’t sleep through the night? If you find yourself tossing and turning instead of sleeping soundly, you are not alone. Experts say that at least once in our lives, most of us will suffer from severe insomnia. But before you reach for the over-the-counter sleeping aids, try an all-natural approach to catch those Zs.
        

    The right food at the right time can get you ready for a good night’s sleep.
    By Ellen Kamhi PhD, RN, AHN-BC, AHG and Lynn Allison
  • Why Sleeping In Isn't Enough

    Although the occasional all-nighter is OK, people who regularly skimp on z’s can’t undo sleep deprivation’s detrimental effects by simply hitting the snooze button on weekends, says a new study in the journal Science of Translation Medicine.

    By Stacey Lindsay
  • 8 Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Beat Insomnia

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    Is acupuncture effective for anxiety or insomnia? Hypertension? –Cynthia Dunn, via Facebook

    Thank you, Cynthia, for your question. I’ll address insomnia first.

  • What's My Alternative: Insomnia

    Bill Thomas is no stranger to sleepless nights. For the last decade, the 42-year-old children’s book illustrator has suffered from bouts of insomnia that last three to four nights at a time. “What’s frustrating is that it’s completely unpredictable,” says Thomas, who never drinks caffeine after noon and shuts off the computer and tube an hour before bed.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Sleep Saboteurs

    If you’re among the estimated 65 percent of Americans who have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week, you’re probably tired of hearing about all the possible culprits for your bedtime woes, from too much caffeine and late-night TV to not enough exercise or unwind time in the evenings.

    What to eat and what to avoid to put insomnia to rest.
    By Monica Bhide
  • Dill Tofu Dip

    12-ounce block soft tofu, drained and patted dry
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    2 tablespoons mellow white miso
    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and blend well.
    2. Refrigerate for 2 hours, and serve with carrot and celery sticks, as well as colorful bell peppers and radishes.

    nutrition info per serving: 47 calories; 2.1 g fat; .3 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3.9 g protein; 3.7 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 227.9 mg sodium

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