Most folks over 50 struggle with it.
Tossing and turning all night. Never getting enough good quality sleep. And feeling exhausted the next day.
If that’s you, you’re probably so worn out you’ll try ANYTHING. And for far too many folks that means doping ourselves to sleep the Big Pharma way… with sleeping pills.
Well, before you swallow another pill, you should read this. Because research now shows, you could be medicating yourself right into an early grave.
Study: Grim Reaper shows up sooner with sleeping pills
Today, more than one-third of seniors take sedatives to help them sleep.
And one huge study found that those who do could increase their risk of dying FOUR TIMES… in only two and a half years.
The culprits are the most commonly prescribed sleeping pills for short-term insomnia. Drugs such as temazepam and zolpidem.
Now, these deadly results weren’t even for folks who wildly pop pills. We’re talking a much more typical usage of 18 to 132 pills per year. That’s not nightly or even weekly. Especially when you consider the folks who are taking just 18 doses a year.
But it gets even worse. Those who took these prescription sleeping pills 132 nights or more a year had their risk skyrocket. They were up to FIVE times more likely to die in the same period.
The real stunner? The same study revealed that prescription sleeping pills may be causing a half million extra deaths a year in the U.S. alone.
The truth about seniors and sleep
Let’s face it sleeping pills can be downright dangerous, especially for seniors. If they don’t kill you first, they can lead to hip-breaking falls, memory problems, and more.
So what do you do? Here’s the good news. Contrary to popular opinion, sleep problems aren’t inevitable, as you grow older.
According to researchers at AARP, “We need to help people understand that lack of sleep is not just a natural part of aging.”
Instead, two things play a role. Your health issues and other medications can disrupt your sleep. Getting those problems resolved can give you back a deep, restful sleep at night.
The other thing is a change that happens in most seniors’ inner “clock.” Another name for this clock is circadian rhythms.
As we grow older, most of us get tired earlier in the day. We also tend to wake up earlier. So go ahead and just follow your natural instincts. Head to bed earlier and wake up with the birds.
Upside: you get a full 7-8 hours of sleep and feel great during the day. Downside: no more late night partying… which let’s face it most of us could do without anyway.
3 new cures for insomnia sleep experts swear by
But if you’re still struggling with sleepless nights, following are three crazy insomnia cures that really WORK…
1. Weird “light trick”:
Are you struggling to get to sleep? It could simply be a question of light. Too much or too little can mess up a good night’s rest.
Sleep experts advise you do the following:
A: For two hours before you go to bed, be sure to dim the lights and pull the shades. Do whatever you can to make things darker. Don’t sit close to a bright computer screen or television. Maybe try reading a book instead. Whatever your evening routine is to relax, make it darker. This helps shut down the brain and prepares you for sleep.
B: When it’s time to get up, increase your light as much as possible. Throw open the curtains and open the shades to the morning sunlight. If it’s too dark when you wake up, get a light box. Experts recommend one that has more than 10,000 lux. And make sure to keep it about 18 inches from your eyes. This morning light wakes you up naturally. Plus it puts a kind of time stamp on your brain that will help you feel sleepy when it’s time to go to bed, too.
2. A big fan of sleep:
Cooler temperatures usually equal better sleep. Most folks sleep well when the temperature is around 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Having a bedside fan does double duty. It cools you down, but it also adds white noise. White noise is a favorite among sleep experts. It helps soothe your nerves. And it helps block out sounds that can wake you up like a barking dog or a car alarm.
3. Hog the blanket:
Do you sleep with a spouse? If so chances are there’s a battle of the blanket going on every night. First, you pull it over to your side while you’re asleep. Then he or she slowly steals it back. And you both end up waking up shivering repeatedly.
Here’s the solution from the experts: get his and her blankets. That way both of you can cozy up under your OWN blanket. And sleep like a baby.
Learning how to sleep without sleeping pills is about more than just getting a good night’s rest. It just might save your life.
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