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Beating the 4 AM Blues

Many us find sleeping all the way through the night more of a challenge than we did a few years ago.

Here are some of the most common cause…and cures!

  1. Eating Too Close to Bedtime – And eating the wrong kind of foods (especially those that are high in sugar) can have you waking up during the night. Your body is spending too much energy trying to digest and that will keep you awake

Cure: Avoid eating food within 3 hours of bedtime. Also, when you d have your evening meal, go for fruits veggies, fish and nuts.

  1. Medicine – Whether it’s prescription drugs o0r over-the-counter medication, many of them can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Believe it or not, over the counter sleeping pills can also interfere with sleep when they’re used habitually instead of every once and awhile.

Cure: Check with you doctor. Let him or her know the medication you take and see if they may a cause and what you might do as an alternative.

  1. Back Pain – Many of us have it and as we move about in our sleep, the pain can wake us up.

Cure: Try using massage, heat or even acupuncture as ways to treat back pain. There is also some research that shows drinking tart cherry juice twice a day might reduce pain and increase sleep by as much as 84 minutes a night.

  1. Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea – Snoring is only one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. So lack of snoring doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. The biggest symptom is being very tired during the day.

Cure: Talk to your doctor. Getting the correct diagnosis is the first step. Then he or she can recommend the remedy that may be best for you.

To Nag or Not to Nag?

Good news for guys with nagging wives. A recent study showed, men who are married to women who nag them are less likely to develop diabetes.

Sorry guys. The same study showed women with nagging husbands received no health benefits.

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

The idea that we need less sleep as we grow older is false. Research shows 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night helps keep our brains sharp. Lack of good sleep on a consistent basis can lead to depression on even dementia!

Here are some tips to help you make it through the night:

Avoid Long Naps – If you must nap during the day, try to keep it under 30 minutes

Socks – Yes, wearing socks to keep your feet warm can actually help you sleep sounder and longer

Keep Discussion Pleasant – Try to avoid discussing topics like politics or finances that can raise your stress level in the last few hours before bedtime.

Taking a Bite Out of Tooth Sensitivity

Our teeth get more sensitive to things like hot and cold foods as we age. That’s because, like it or not, your gums will recede as you grow older.

Here are some tips to combat that:

  • Use a “Sensitive Toothpaste”
  • Avoid Acidic Food – Like orange juice and tomatoes
  • Don’t Brush So Hard!
  • Avid “Whitening Toothpastes – They can be very abrasive

When Is the Best Time to Eat?

We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.

The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.

Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:

  1. Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
  2. Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
  3. Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
  4. Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.

In the real world, where is MacArthur Park located?

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