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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.

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