Category Archives: Sleep Better

When Snoring Becomes Dangerous

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 10, 2021

A lot of people tend to think snoring and sleep apnea are the same thing. They aren’t.

When you snore, the soft tissue in your neck relaxes and vibrates when you draw in air. That vibration is the noise of snoring.

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. But most people with sleep apnea do tend to snore. Continue reading

5 Reasons Age Makes It Harder to Sleep

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 31, 2021

Do you ever have those nights when you just can’t sleep? And have you noticed that the older you get, the more often those nights happen?

It’s annoying, right?

In some cases, it might be caused by things like stress, brain chatter or poor bedtime habits. But the reasons for poor sleep seem to start changing when we reach a certain age. Why does that happen? Continue reading

Hormones and Sleep Disruption

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 19, 2021

Do you ever have those days when your morning starts off slow?

Maybe you have to juggle a few extra tasks you didn’t see coming.  You spill your coffee and need to take extra time to change shirts. Before you know it, your entire schedule is out of whack.

Annoying, right? Continue reading

Ways to Recover from Daylight Savings

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 16, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, you probably switched your clocks back an hour for the fall.  I say “probably” because there are a few regions of our country like Arizona and Hawaii who ignore this outdated tradition.

And for good reason!  Daylight savings really needs to be changed. Switching the clocks twice each year actually causes some very real health problems.

First, let’s look back at why we change our clocks in the first place… Continue reading

Can a Nap a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

June 8, 2020

My life turned upside down a few years after I entered medical school…

It happened in a heartbeat. I went from a nine-to-five clinical pharmacist to a medical student who got very little sleep.

It wasn’t easy. Continue reading

How to Eat In Sync with Your Body Clock

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 29, 2020

A recent study in Cell Metabolism confirms what I’ve been telling you for years…

Eating all of your daily meals in a six to eight hour time window can help you beat diabetes and heart disease. It can also get rid of some of that excess fat.

I absolutely love it when medical journals confirm my own observations! Continue reading

Wash Your Brain Clean with a Good Night’s Sleep

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 15, 2020

For me, getting a good night’s sleep is a serious matter.

That’s why I avoid staying over at other people’s houses whenever possible. I just don’t sleep well… usually because they keep the temperature warmer than I’d like and far above what’s been shown to be an optimal range.

I take this seriously because sleep isn’t just a matter of feeling alert the next day. Good sleep sessions can actually make a long term difference in whether you develop a degenerative brain disease. Continue reading

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Something You May Not Know About Sleep

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 4, 2019

Poor sleeping habits are more than just tiresome… they can actually harm your long-term health.

I have many patients who struggle to find ways to sleep soundly through the night. For some, they give up and claim, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

Well, if your body doesn’t get the rest it needs, this may happen sooner than you’d like! Continue reading

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The Bedtime Trap That’s Keeping You Awake

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 4, 2019

I have a routine I use each night to easily go to sleep…

First, I lower the lights, and turn on some soothing music – usually Judy Collins. Then, I take a warm shower to wash off the day’s grime and dead skin cells. As my body temperature cools down, a mild state of pseudo hibernation kicks in. Next, I climb under my covers to enjoy my latest library book. My Hepa filters’ white noise is in the background.

When I experience that first eyelid droop, I turn off the lights and music and sleep soundly through the night. In the morning, I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – ready to start my day.

Works like a charm! Continue reading

How Sleeping Pills Kill…and What to Do Instead

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

June 7, 2019

I’m a lucky guy.

There have only been a few brief periods in my life when sleepless nights plagued me. Those long, dark hours were miserable. And dragging my way through the sleep deprived days was even worse.

Like most folks, these few bouts with insomnia didn’t last very long. (Although, at the time it felt like they were never ending!)

So my heart goes out to sleepless patients who slog into my office begging me to write them up a prescription for a medication that will help them sleep. Continue reading