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Are you finding it increasingly difficult to enjoy a good night’s sleep?
Do you go to bed feeling dead tired, yet unable to get to sleep? Or do you fall asleep quickly, only to wake up a few hours later? Do you feel like, no matter what you do or what trick you try, you can’t get a good night’s sleep?
If so, you’re not alone.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that 60 percent of men and women experience sleep problems almost every night. And research conducted at
The lack of good, consistent sleep causes more health problems than you may realize.
When you don’t get a good night’s sleep — meaning at least 8 hours of restorative sleep — you do more harm to your body than just creating those bags under your eyes. Without those 8 hours, you are compromising the functions of every cell in your body, making it extremely difficult for you to maintain good health.
While you go through the various stages of sleep each night, your body is doing anything but resting!
It’s repairing muscles and tissues damaged throughout the day, releasing hormones you need to regulate aging and appetite, storing your memories, providing energy to your brain, and boosting your energy supply.
These unconscious activities affect every aspect of your physical and mental health, and they have a tremendous impact upon your quality of life. Getting a good night’s sleep every night is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Here’s why sleep problems worsen with age…
I know that you are not choosing to get a poor night’s sleep. When this issue comes up with my patients, I often hear, “Dr. Connealy, it’s not like I want to wake up in the middle of night! It’s just that, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to sleep through the night.”
Well, the problem is all about declining melatonin production, which happens to us all as we age. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that has a vital connection to sleep. As Mother Nature would have it, melatonin is released in response to the daily cycle of day and night. Production is highest between the hours of and — right around bedtime.
However, as you age, your production of melatonin decreases. It happens to all of us, and it clearly explains why you may never have had any sleep difficulties for your entire life, only to start experiencing trouble sleeping, seemingly for no reason. Low melatonin production can leave you struggling to get to sleep and waking up earlier and earlier every morning. If the problem isn’t addressed, before you know it, you are living life everyday, feeling like you’ve been up all night.
Before things get any more exhausting, you may need a little extra help. Fortunately, I have found a safe and natural solution that can help overcome your declining melatonin production.
But first, let me explain why not all melatonin is created equally. . .
The secret about most melatonin supplements…
You probably know that many doctors recommend the hormone melatonin as a supplement to their patients struggling with sleep issues. I, too, am one of those doctors.
However, after researching many of the melatonin products on the market, I found that the bulk of them have one significant drawback. Because your body burns through standard melatonin formulations within three to four hours after taking them, when you take many of these products you’ll wind up wide awake at 2 or 3 in the morning when they wear off.
Fortunately, I’m excited to say, I’ve found a solution I want to share with you — I call it “The 8-Hour Sleep Solution”, and it is a totally unique supplement formulation that includes a slow-release type of melatonin that works throughout the night, not just for four hours.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering…
“What’s so special about this Slow-Release Melatonin?”
The melatonin in most products is released all at once, thus putting you to sleep rather quickly.
While this sounds wonderful, the problem is that before long, you will wake up and, if you’re like many of the patients I’ve worked with over the years, you’ll find it very difficult to get back to sleep.
What’s unique about my product is that the melatonin isn’t released all at once. Rather, it is slowly released over an entire night, allowing you to remain in a deep sleep for up to 8 hours. This gentle, steady flow of melatonin virtually ensures you get the full night’s sleep that you need to function well and feel your best the next day.
Additionally, the 8-Hour Sleep Solution with slow-release melatonin is non-habit forming and has no side effects, as melatonin is a gentle, naturally occurring hormone in the body.
But melatonin alone isn’t the answer. There is a surprising second ingredient you need for deeper, restorative sleep.
You might never have guessed but calcium, yes calcium, is also required to get the restful night’s sleep your body needs.
Studies show that calcium has a profound impact upon the quality of your sleep. In fact, a study published in the European Neurology Journal reported that your body’s calcium level is higher during the deepest phases of sleep than during any other phase. This is important to know because it is during these deepest phases that you get the restorative sleep your body needs to stay well.
Researchers also concluded that disturbances in sleep are, in part, related to a calcium deficiency — which makes the unique formulation of The 8-Hour Sleep Solution even more effective. Not only does it include the melatonin you need to get to sleep and stay asleep, but it also includes calcium to help ensure that you have a restful night of sleep.
It is a known fact that calcium helps your brain to use the amino acid tryptophan, which is famous for its ability to help induce sleep. Keeping your calcium level up with The 8-Hour Sleep Solution is important, not only to your bones, but also to your ability to get the sleep you need!
The sleep solution so natural, Mother Nature would – and does! — use it.
When I’m discussing health concerns with my patients, I work very hard to determine the best advice to give, so I oftentimes ask myself, “What would Mother Nature say?”
In other words, before I prescribe any drug and before I recommend any medical procedure, I first seek the safest, most natural and effective remedies available — just as Mother Nature would.
That’s why I’m so excited about the 8-Hour Sleep Solution. It is the key to safe, effective, and non-habit forming relief from your sleep issues — and it’s as close to nature as you can get.
Now you can fire those sheep!
No longer will you have to drink warm milk or count sheep to get the sleep you need. Those days, my friend, can finally be over for you, with help from the 8-Hour Sleep Solution. And, fortunately, our full refund policy makes it very easy for you to give it a try.
Please place your order immediately. You can begin taking it right away, and start experiencing consistent, restful sleep night after night. If you find that the 8-Hour Sleep Solution doesn’t help you, just send it back. We’ll promptly refund your money, with absolutely no questions asked.
I’m happy to offer this guarantee because I’m certain you’ll find that this product will help you, just as it has helped me, members of my family, and so many of my patients.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Posted in: Energy/Fatigue | September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Welcome to the first issue of the Newport Natural Health Letter! Each week I will be sharing with you the same information and insights I provide my patients — information you can use immediately to make wise decisions about your health and medical care. My goal is to get you feeling great, looking great, and having the high energy and spirits that will keep you thriving for years to come. So let’s get started!
Today, I’d like to discuss with you the common issue of insomnia and sleeping difficulties, one of today’s most misunderstood health concerns. Everyone needs sleep. Unfortunately, most of my patients say they have problems sleeping well. In other words, quantity is not the issue; quality is.
If you’re like my patients, you already know that a warm bath is relaxing and that turkey contains the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan. But I know that what you’re really looking for are long-term remedies that are practical, easy to implement and effective.
Let me introduce you to one of my patients, Terry. That’s not her real name, but her story is true — and all too common.
“I always took sleep for granted,” Terry told me during her first visit to the Center for New Medicine. “But a few years ago, I started having trouble falling asleep. Or I’d get to sleep and then wake up three, four or five times a night. I can’t remember the last time I slept for eight hours straight.”
Terry was a new patient, but hearing about her difficulties with insomnia was anything but new to me. A significant number of my patients say they have trouble sleeping, a fact supported by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), which reports that 60 percent of survey respondents report sleep problems every night or almost every night. In addition, nearly 45 percent say they seldom or never get a decent night’s sleep on weeknights.
Clearly, what we’re seeing is an epidemic of insomnia and related sleep difficulties.
Like so many others who find sleep elusive, Terry tried prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications, with poor results. “They made my mouth so dry, I kept waking up every couple of hours desperate for water. And the prescription sleeping pills put me in a half-asleep/half awake twilight world, not a truly restful sleep.”
Even worse, by day, Terry suffered severe brain fog, anxiety, all-over aches and pains, and recurring bouts of colds and flu as her weakened immune system struggled to maintain good health without the rest it needed to regenerate. Deep, restful sleep gives our bodies a chance to renew from the cellular level on up. When that process is interrupted, health issues like Terry’s are inevitable. In fact, researchers now know that insufficient sleep is even more harmful to our health than lack of exercise.
Searching for Solutions
If any of this sounds familiar, you’ll be happy to hear that sleep problems can be solved. There are many reasons for sleep difficulties, so finding the right solution may take some experimentation, but it can be done.
For example, it turned out that Terry, who was in her early 50s, simply needed her hormone levels adjusted with natural supplements to get a good night’s sleep. Five days after Terry began taking therapeutic doses of the proper hormones, she was sleeping through the night and waking refreshed. Her anxiety, aches and pains, and brain fog were gone.
“I felt like the cloud had lifted,” Terry recalls, “Finally, I had my life back.” Hormone imbalances, which can occur in men and women at any stage of life, can be detected with a simple blood test. Because hormones are intimately involved in all aspects of our lives and health, we will cover this topic in more detail in a later issue.
Lack of exercise is another common cause of restless nights. I frequently see patients whose only exercise is moving between an office chair, a car seat, the couch and bed. As a result, stress accumulates. With no outlet (exercise is an outstanding stress reliever), it quickly turns into anxiety, increased blood pressure, irritability, mood swings, and muscle aches and pains.
Too often, patients insist they have “no time” to work out, only to reveal through our discussions that they’re watching television four to six hours a day. Why not work out on a treadmill or trampoline while watching TV? I point out that a recent study determined moderately intensive walking to be the most recommended strategy for dealing with sleep difficulties. Patients who follow through on this recommendation are among the biggest success stories when it comes to conquering insomnia.
Is That Nightcap Keeping You Up All Night?
What you eat and drink can also lead to sleep problems. Many people are not aware of the caffeine content in non-cola sodas and foods like chocolate. Be sure to check ingredient and nutrition labels. If you must have caffeine to function, try to limit intake to just the morning. Caffeine’s effects on the body last for about eight hours, so a cup of coffee after lunch could create problems at bedtime, especially for individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.
Medications could be another source of sleeplessness. If you’re on medication and having trouble sleeping, check with your physician to find out if insomnia could be a possible drug side effect. Each individual reacts differently to medication, so even if you know other people who are taking the same prescription and sleeping well, the medication could still be a problem for you.
When it comes to lost sleep, alcohol is another culprit. The notion that having a drink in the evening encourages relaxation or sleep is actually misleading. One drink may be soothing, but even that small amount can translate into trouble sleeping. In fact, a new clinical trial from
Ben Franklin was Right!
In a culture of 24/7 everything, it’s easy to overlook the fact that our bodies are designed to be active in daylight and rest when it’s dark. This practice allows the pineal gland to produce melatonin, a vitally important hormone that has an important connection to sleep. Without sufficient supplies of melatonin, sleep problems are likely to develop.
Melatonin production is highest between the hours of and But that only happens if you’re asleep in a dark room. If you don’t go to bed until 1 a.m., or nod off with the television on, getting eight hours of sleep is not going to make up for the fact that you’ve missed the prime melatonin-producing portion of the night. In other words, the phrase “early to bed, early to rise” popularized by Benjamin Franklin is actually very good advice!
Personally, I notice a big difference the next day if I get to bed late. It takes longer to get going in the morning and I often feel “out of sync” throughout the day. So I make it a habit to be in bed, ready to sleep, by every evening. If you’re not in the same habit, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well this simple tactic works.
If you come to see me with an issue like insomnia, I begin the process of finding a remedy by thinking about what your body is trying to say. So often health issues are about poor eating habits that deprive the body of specific vitamins or minerals. With so much of our food supply grown in nutrient-depleted soil, it’s not too hard to imagine that many people are suffering from nutritional deficiencies. And those deficiencies are going to make themselves known by disrupting important processes in the body, like sleep.
Getting ample amounts of a mineral like magnesium is a good example. Magnesium deficiencies are quite common among those who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD). Yet magnesium is an important mineral for relieving sleep-destroying conditions like restless leg syndrome, anxiety, and tense muscles. A combination of minerals (225 mg magnesium and 11.25 mg zinc) and the sleep-related hormone melatonin(5 mg) was tested recently on a group of participants suffering from insomnia. After two months, researchers compared the results of the melatonin/mineral combination with a placebo (a non-active sugar pill) and found the magnesium/melatonin group had considerably better results in all areas related to sleep, including falling and staying asleep, and feeling refreshed in the morning.
Long before pharmaceutical companies started selling sleep aids, Mother Nature created her own. Herbs and naturally occurring compounds have helped relieve insomnia for centuries. When a patient reports sleep problems connected to a “racing mind” or a similar stress-related issue, combination herbal products are often a good bet for resolving the situation. Supplement manufacturers offer a wide range of herbal insomnia choices. Some of my favorite ingredients include: valerian, hops, lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower, and lavender. These are sometimes combined with an amino acid, such as 5-HTP or a neurotransmitter, like GABA, to amplify their effect.
The best way to find the right product for you is to choose one and take it as directed for two to three weeks. It takes longer for herbal products to work than prescription medications, so don’t expect instant results. If, after a few weeks, you’re still having sleep problems, try a different product. I have two that work well for me, and I alternate between them to avoid building up a tolerance to any one herb.
If you’re suffering from insomnia, the best time to do something about it is right now! On the surface, sleeping poorly may not seem like a serious problem. But it can lay the groundwork for more complex health issues down the road that could be avoided. Be sure to visit your physician or health care provider to rule out existing health problems that may be interfering with sleep. Then discuss these solutions to determine which might be best for you. You might be surprised by how easy it is to make insomnia a thing of the past.