Category Archives: Sleep Better

The Bedtime Trap That’s Keeping You Awake

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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

4 Reasons You Aren’t sleeping as Well as You Should

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

March 22, 2019

A lot of my patients don’t get enough sleep. But oddly enough, the majority of my sleep-deprived patients don’t actually suffer from a true sleep disorder.

Most of them have simply developed certain habits that keep them from falling asleep on time – and often cause them to wake up during the night.

I also have a handful of patients who don’t see the sense in spending hour upon hour snoozing. They think it’s a waste of time. “I can sleep when I’m dead,” they tell me.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a horrible approach to sleep. Continue reading

One Night in a Sleep Lab could Save Your Life

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

February 25, 2019

When T.B. stopped into my office a few months ago he looked like crap.

The bags under his eyes were large enough to qualify for a baggage fee on his next airline flight. His skin was pasty. And he didn’t have the usual “larger than life” attitude he normally displays.

The poor guy wasn’t sleeping well. He kept getting headaches. During the day fatigue and a lack of concentration plagued him.

T.B. had no idea what was wrong with him. But after an extremely in-depth discussion, I was pretty sure that I did. Continue reading

Depressed? Maybe it’s Your Circadian Rhythm

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

June 18, 2018

  • Your circadian rhythm does a lot more than control your sleep/wake cycle
  • Naturally restore your internal body clock for better health
  • What does stress have to do with it?

There are some aspects of your health that you probably never give a second thought.

For example, when is the last time you considered your circadian rhythm?

Unless you’ve suffered from occasional jet-let or have a sleeping disorder, chances are good you’ve never given it any notice at all. And that could be a big mistake on your part.

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7 Tips for Improved Sleep

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

May 11, 2018

  • A good night’s sleep may protect against Alzheimer’s
  • Here’s what happens to your brain while you sleep
  • Snooze your way to a sharper mind

You know how important a good night’s sleep is. If you get less than seven or eight hours, you wake up groggy. It throws your whole day out of whack… making it hard to concentrate and focus in on anything.

And when it comes to your good health, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. It lowers your chances of an early death, protects against diabetes and heart disease. It even helps you to maintain a healthy weight and helps protect against premature aging.

Regularly getting a restful night’s sleep is also critical for your brain health. Especially when it comes to the prevention of… Continue reading

Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Try This.

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

January 8, 2018

  • Want to fall asleep faster?
  • How your devices are messing with your sleep
  • Amber-tinted glasses may provide relief for insomnia

When I was growing up there weren’t any smartphones or tablets. And once the television went off the air at midnight, the house went dark. Everyone was tucked in for tonight.

My how things have changed! These days, people are snuggled up with their personal devices or watching their flat screen TVs well into the wee hours of the morning. And it’s not only ruining their sleep, it’s destroying their health.

If you’re not getting a full seven or eight hours of quality sleep each night, you already know you’re going to muddle through the next day. But I’ll bet you didn’t know that poor sleep is associated with all sorts of chronic health conditions – ones that you want nothing to do with.

This includes some pretty serious health issues, such as an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a 75% greater chance of developing diabetes and higher odds of cognitive decline.

Lack of sleep also leads to chronic inflammation, depression and weight gain – which further increase your risk of falling prey to dangerous health conditions.

And here’s the thing. Continue reading

Snoring: Not Just a Harmless Annoyance

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

July 14, 2017

  • If you snore, you could have sleep apnea
  • How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
  • What to do if you can’t adapt to CPAP

I can’t count the number of patients over the years that have come into my office feeling worn out and tired… then immediately blamed their exhaustion on a snoring spouse.

I feel for them. I really do. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep if the person next to you is snorting and snuffling all night long.

But my stronger concern is for the snoring spouse.

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#1 Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

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

May 31, 2017

  • Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise
  • Here’s what can a good night’s sleep do for you
  • What’s keeping you awake at night… and how to fix it

Some of my patients despair because they can’t get enough sleep. Others seem to think that sleep is over-rated… they have too much to do and don’t want spend their time in bed.

Well, you might be able to swing a few sleepless nights when you’re young. But if you continue to deprive yourself of sleep over the years, it’s eventually going to show up in one way or another. Continue reading

Something You May Not Know About Sleep

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

December 26, 2016

  • If you aren’t sleeping well, you’re aging too quickly
  • Sleep your way to a younger you
  • Here’s how to get more shuteye

So many of my patients would love to get a good night sleep, but they just haven’t found the way that works for them. Others simply don’t make the time for it. “I have too much to do. I’ll sleep after I’m dead,” they tell me.

Well, if you don’t (or can’t) give you body the rest that it needs now, that old “sleep when I’m dead” saying could come true sooner than you think.

Now, we all have those nights when we just can’t fall asleep… or stay asleep. But if you’re regularly getting less than seven hours a night, it could be a big problem. For many of us, a biphasic sleep pattern (three or four hours at a time) is the best that we can do… Continue reading