Far too many people use various drugs throughout the day — to help sleep, stay awake, or fight anxiety — instead of encouraging natural and restorative sleep. There is probably nothing better on this Earth than awakening each day energized, regenerated, and well rested. Here we will explore some new and interesting ways to help us get a healthful and restorative night’s sleep.
Many people simply have not heard about other options to encourage sleep naturally. They can resort to taking both a medication for sleep and for the anxiety that ensues from a lack of rest, which virtually becomes a 24-hour cycle of drug dependence. This all too often creates side effects that can lead up to dangerous complications that even include death. New research exposes that regular use of these powerful drugs is now linked to dementia. If you have ever seen anyone you love suffer from dementia you know how devastating this can be, let alone consider having this condition yourself.
Researchers compared a group of approximately 100 French seniors who took benzodiazepines and similar drugs to 1,000 people who did not take any drugs, over a 15 year period. The ones who took the drugs had a 60 percent higher risk of dementia — and that’s even after adjusting for the usual variety of risk factors, according to the study in BMJ.
What makes this even more disturbing is that the drugs they tracked are practically household names — including Ambien, Halcion, Klonopin, Restoril, Valium, and Xanax. These types of meds were never meant for long-term use. The problem, of course, is that people who turn to them for a short-term problem with sleep or stress, can end up relying on them day after day (or night after night), and year after year. You probably know some people who are most likely ‘hooked’ on these drugs, even if they don’t walk around advertising it. There could, however, be a happy ending, and that is the fact that dementia caused by medications can sometimes be completely reversed by getting off those drugs and onto safe, natural alternatives.
Alas sometimes, it’s too late — and that’s why the better plan of action is to not take these drugs in the first place. Why not seek, or recommend to someone, a second opinion before starting treatment which could help those facing this decision find a way to sleep naturally and have pleasant dreams without taking drugs.
Simple practices can be explored, such as: no caffeine after midday, a cup of chamomile tea, and a warm bath with lavender bath salts in the evening before bedtime. (Read here for some more diet strategies for better sleep.)
I like to envision beautiful sleeping spaces and places that encourage a restful sleep. A simple scrap book or vision board can be created and paged through at bedtime to set a restful tone for your positive affirmations during the evening sleep cycle.
Investing in a great mattress can often be the first step to better sleep. Design the bed with accessories with soothing colors that wrap you in comfort. Choose sheet sets that complement this vision and give them a light spray of rose water. And above all, turn off the technology an hour before bed. If you must do something to occupy your restless mind, turn off all the lights except your reading lamp and read from a poetry book, but not on your iPad or Kindle — one with real pages.
I find taking out my contact lenses and putting on my glasses which I have had the lenses tinted a deep rose helps me to get sleepy and turn the day into night. And I also take a 1.5 mg. sublingual melatonin tab an hour before bedtime. I find this to be a healthful, natural sleep aid. I have a glass of organic, raw milk at bed time, as well.
If you’re on any of these drug therapies now and are looking for a way off — or simply want a little help with conditions such as sleep issues or the pain that comes from oxidative stress and the inflammation that comes with it, consider discussing with your health care provider an all natural aid to increase microcirculation called BEMER.
The BEMER system comes with a device that has adaptors for spot treatments and all you do is simply recline on the mat, push a button and relax for 8 minutes, in the morning and then again in the afternoon or early evening! At night you just move the system to your bed, push the button and sleep on the mat all night. It is very interesting to observe what happens inside your capillaries on the BEMER device. Here with interovital microscopy you can see what happens inside a human capillary when you turn on the signal.
It seems in the daytime our capillary system, which equals approximately 74% of our entire circulatory system, is busy directing our blood supply to nourish, oxygenate and remove waste matter from the capillaries in our musculature, brain and organs of digestion, etc. However at night this blood supply is directed more to our organs, such as the kidneys, liver, etc. for detoxification and regeneration.
For a restful night, be sure that you are sleeping in a room that is conducive to sleep. Be sure your bedroom is completely dark — no LED lights blinking anywhere or light leaking from windows. Be sure the room is on the cool side and think of it as your cool dark cave.
Explore the many new mattress and sleep systems for daytime napping and night time, such as ‘The Floating Bed’ which is a hanging bed system. It’s gentle rocking might just provide you with better sleep than an ordinary bed and give you the ecstatic feeling of floating. These systems come with a Memory Foam mattress, a flat sleep surface, adjustable firmness, are durable and are weather-proof for outdoor use. They are rated to hold up to 1000 pounds. You can also use the BEMER sleep system on these beds as well both day and night. Here below are some examples of floating beds!
Floating Beds can be installed in any ceiling, or outdoors from a beam, gazebo, tree or on portable stands.
Please consider consulting with a holistic physician to explore options that they may approve of or offer for you as an individual that are natural and non addictive for the treatment of both anxiety and sleep disorders.