Fight Insomnia With A Book

June 29, 2017

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From time to time you wake up in the middle of the night, make a quick bathroom trip and then find yourself unable to resume your sleep.  Frustrating as you toss and turn, count sheep and place a pillow over your eyes, in an effort to fall back asleep. While there are many sleep aids, including turning on your TV to C-SPAN 3, scientist have concluded the best way to help you resume sleep is to get up and read a book.  Scientist and sleep expert, Wendy Troxel, Ph.D., says our minds learn by association that we need to sleep at certain hours.  So by worrying about all the sleep you are missing actually causes your brain to stress out.  So distracting it from the fact that you are not sleeping can cause your brain to relax and your sleep sensors to activate.  So within a few pages, you'll be ready to hit the hay (or fall asleep with a book in your hand). She also says it's paramount to wake up at the same time every day (even the weekend). By failing to do this, your brain will be confused about when it should be active and asleep.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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