Don’t Need Sleep?

Here’s a perfect description of the modern insomnia problem: Maybe I Don’t Need Sleep. Lisa Katz says:

I cope with broken sleep. I have truly overwhelming exhaustion by three in the afternoon and the compulsive desire to be in my pajamas by 6PM… or really maybe 4PM.

I have been there. So have many of us. Lisa goes on to say:

I have tried a plethora of methods to help “clear my thoughts” in the middle of the night. There is a pen and notepad nestled by my bedside. There are Post-It Notes waiting to be peeled away from their cube should a thought pop into my head. Of course all of this is done in complete darkness. Light is the enemy if you think there is even a remote possibility of falling back asleep.

This is so familiar and so sad. I have a way through all this, one that will get you to sleep reliably every night, every time you wake, so that even though you may have a bad day, it won’t be because you didn’t get enough sleep.

Help is coming soon. In Pursuit of Sleep will be published in early January 2016.


Melatonin: Good or Bad Sleep Aid?

Interesting article in the Huffington Post concerning using melatonin as a sleep aid. I took it myself for a month or so in hopes of warding off insomnia, but it didn’t seem to do anything to me at all. Turns out taking melatonin can be harmful. Here’s a quote from the article:

According to Dr. Wurtman, melatonin supplements may work at first, but soon “you’ll stop responding because you desensitize the brain. And as a consequence, not only won’t you respond to the stuff you take…you won’t respond to the stuff you make, so it can actually promote insomnia after a period of time.”

I have quit taking all substances that are supposed to help cure insomnia. I now use a mind directed approach to pursue sleep, and it works much better than any medication I’ve ever taken. I’ll divulge this little secret when I publish In Pursuit of Sleep in early January 2016.

The Aging Brain’s Internal Clock

Interesting article on NPR titled, “As Aging Brain’s Internal Clock Fades, A New Timekeeper May Kick In.” Here’s the operative paragraph:

We all have a set of so-called clock genes that keep us on a 24-hour cycle. In the morning they wind us up, and at night they help us wind down. A study out Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those genes might beat to a different rhythm in older folks.

These clocks are instrumental in providing us with the propensity to sleep. All this will be explained in my new book In Pursuit of Sleep to be published in early January 2016.

Do Sleeping Pills Induce Restorative Sleep?

This article in the New York Times addresses the issue of whether “sleep” obtained through sleeping pills does us any good at all. And here’s the shocking answer:

Dr. John Weyl Winkelman, a sleep disorders expert at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said if a patient asked him whether medicated sleep was restorative, “I’d say: ‘You tell me.’”

So why are doctors writing so many prescriptions for sleep medication? It should come as no surprise that there’s a lot of money in selling pills to make people unconscious at night. People are desperate to get the proper amount of sleep so they can function efficiently the next day. No one knows if the pills actually provide any benefit to the person taking them. They sure help pay the bills for the pharmaceutical companies though. Couple this with the fact they doctors know little about how we go to sleep, and you get a good picture of the unfolding disaster for those suffering from insomnia.

Hopefully In Pursuit of Sleep will help those afflicted with insomnia get to sleep every night without medication. And the sleep you get by using the Transition Trek method provided in In Pursuit of Sleep is guaranteed to be restorative because it is nature sleep and not drug induced. Publication is set for early January 2016.

Adele on Insomnia

In this interview with Adele in the New York Times titled, “Adele on Love, Fame, Ego and ‘25’”, Adele says the following:

“I have trouble sleeping. When the lights go out and I’m left to my own mind, my mind goes to the worst places ever. When I’m left with my thoughts and my thoughts only, the smallest thing evolves into the biggest thing, so I get quite worried. So I go to bed when I’m tired, when I need to fall asleep. Otherwise I can make the biggest deal out of the tiniest thing. It’s like a fear of being left on my own in the dark.”

This is quite descriptive of the problem so many of us have getting to sleep. But after you read In Pursuit of Sleep you will no longer be left alone with your insomnia. You’ll have a method of getting rid of it by pursuing sleep instead of letting your mind “make the biggest deal out of the tiniest thing.” You will no longer be on your own.