The Graedons' guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep
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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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The Graedons' guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep
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Quick Overview

Tips for beating insomnia: foods to avoid, foods that help, herbal remedies, sleeping pills. Newly revised (November 2016), our online guide (too long to print) includes drugs that may cause insomnia. Learn about the latest medication, Belsomra.

Product Description

This 30-page online resource offers up-to-date tips for beating insomnia: foods and drugs to avoid, foods that help, herbal remedies, and sleeping pills, both prescription and over-the-counter. It contains dos and don’ts for getting a good night’s sleep and a checklist to help you determine if you are running a sleep deficit. You’ll also find a list of medications that can contribute to sleep difficulties.

Have you seen TV commercials for the new sleeping pill Belsomra? You know, the one with the fuzzy cat-like creature that is supposed to help you sleep. Get the straight story on this new medication. Find out about the controversial connection between some sleeping pills and Alzheimer’s disease.

Acupressure and judicious timing of light exposure can be surprisingly effective. Learn about herbal remedies that can help as well as about the supplements melatonin and magnesium.

Find out about the pros and cons of various sleeping pills, both prescription and OTC, and check the list of  drugs that may cause insomnia. If you have trouble sleeping, you might be surprised to discover that your blood pressure pills or allergy medicine are keeping you awake.

Do you have sleep apnea? Find out about appropriate treatments.

Be aware that some medications for insomnia can cause dependency and may trigger withdrawal symptoms if they are stopped suddenly.

This information is provided as an online resource, as it is too long (30+ pages) to print and mail. When you buy it, you will be emailed a link just for you that allows you to visit it whenever you wish, as many times as you like. You will be able to read it on any device that you have connected to the internet. We hope you enjoy this new resource and find it helpful.

Product Reviews

  1. Never take Belsomra

    Gary K.
    Bel Air, MD
    1

    I have had severe issues with insomnia. Tried many different meds. Some took too long to work, and others kept me in a fog or drowsy all day. Used Ambien for a awhile, and it worked fine, until I started to get the shakes and anxiety 2 hrs. prior to the time I usually took it. T

    The doctor weaned me off and and then started Temazapam which worked great. Took two at night and slept most of the night. Then started waking up at 3 am and popped another, and then another. Stopped that because the doctor said I was building up a tolerance to it and then tried Belsomra. I was told to take one and one more if it didn’t work. Took it on a Saturday night and told my wife to document how long it took me to get to sleep so I could judge when I needed to take it again. Took the first one about 11:00 pm, and nothing happened. Took a second at 01:40 am but never fell asleep.

    I was up all day that Sunday, which was Labor Day weekend, grumpy as “you know what” at a friend’s cookout. Needing sleep that night I took my normal 2 pills of left over Ambien since I hadn’t used it in a while, which the doctor said would be OK since I wasn’t using it every night. Slept well and woke up ready to paint the house, since I was doing renovations. I needed some disposable paint pan liners and went to the store, remembering to pay at the express self service line, drove home, poured the paint, and then decided to put on some disposable gloves to help with clean up. I remember starting to paint the walls at the ceiling, and the next thing I remember was coming out of a fog with my wife yelling at me to stop screwing around and answer the doctor’s questions.

    In brief: Between climbing the ladder and being back in the ER a few hours later, I had gone to lie down, then gotten back on the ladder; alarmed my wife and EMT son with erratic behavior and stroke symptoms (facial droop on one side, agitated behavior, and shaking). My wife and son called an ambulance. In the ER they did a CT scan to real out stroke.

    I haven memory of any of this, and the next thing I knew I was in the ER, and my wife yelling at me because I was suppose to be describing some pictures, which I thought was a comic book. I had no recall of the events for the previous few hours. I was informed that I possibly had a stroke and was kept for observation and further testing.

    After further testing and negative MRIs the neurologist informed me that I didn’t have a stroke. It was a reaction to the Belsomra. He said that if it was a stroke I would have full recall of all the events, but I had a total memory loss for over two hours of my life, plus the stay in the hospital. After reporting this to my sleep, doctor, he said that I was one of only a few patients to whom he had prescribed this medicine, and one of them patients reported lying in bed for several hours totally paralyzed and couldn’t move or call for help. My sleep doctor said that he wasn’t going to prescribe Belsomra to anyone else.

    I reported this to the ADA complaint line. I wouldn’t want anyone else or their families to go though this. The real scary part was that I was driving my truck from the store only 5 minutes prior to this happening.

    I’m presently on 2mg of Aprazolam, which works most of the time. But I’m typing this at 2 am so it isn’t working right now. I may have to pop an Ambien to get to sleep and have another wasted day later today.

  2. CLAIRE
    Florida
    4

    By total coincidence, last night I found the article at home. I have not been able to get a complete night’s sleep for several months. Decided that the prescription sleeping pill, which is OGM “a controlled substance”, was not what I wanted. Tried some herb which didn’t quite help, and then found the Bean Story. Will do it tonight. Good sleeping to all of us.

  3. NEVER TAKE ZOLPIDEM

    David K
    Whitewater, WI 53115
    5

    Been on Zolpidem 8 years now.
    I wrecked my car on a rainy October night around 12 a.m
    Told my wife is was going for Donuts. I have flashes of my terror about what happened that night. I was going into the right hand curve downtown then swerving last into a construction barricade. I was 30 miles away from Donuts. My car crashed. I remember looking at the right front fender and seeing a flat tire and mangled rim. So I just started to walk home. I live in the country. Saw 4 trucks go by. I just kept walking in the pouring rain in my windbreaker and lounge pants complete with slippers. I lived 9 miles away. Sheriff police found me just as my crostreet was coming up. Gave me a ride home where my wife and daughter were in terror waiting for bad news.
    LOL the the Sheriff’s SUV pulls in and he gets out first. By then they both thought I was dead.

    Point? DO NOT TAKE ZOLPIDEM.

  4. Sea Bands for insomnia

    Luba
    Santa Monica, CA
    1

    I googled Sea Bands and there is nothing for insomnia… only for seasickness, radiation, nausea,etc. Would that be used for insomnia as well? If so, nothing is written about it.

  5. Kidney Bean for Sleep

    Patricia Gima
    Milwaukee WI
    5

    I have used a kidney bean taped to my wrists for 2 years now. In the morning I peel them off the paper tape (Walgreens WELL brand because it is easy to remove from my wrist) and I reuse the beans night after night. I could use the Seabands but I like the “home-made” experience. On occasion, I awake at the “familiar” 3:00am “hole” in my night, then I look at my wrist and see that I forgot to apply the “bean treatment.”

    The rate of effectiveness is quite high…probably 90 -95 %. If the kidney beans don’t work, then I get up and read a book, knowing that my helicopter brain has to be tamed…again. The way I see the “bean treatment” is that it doesn’t “put me to sleep” (like a supplement or drug) but it “allows” me relax into sleep.

    This is one of the most helpful/delightful treatments I have gleaned from People’s Pharmacy radio, books, online subscription and brochures…right up there with Grapejuice and Certo for arthritis…and the list goes on.
    Thank you Joe and Terry Graedon

    Patricia Gima…76 years and counting.

  6. Charles McDonald
    Georgia
    4

    I used Zolpiden for 10yrs and it worked great for me but my physician stopped me and would not give it to me.
    I am now trying Trazodone HCL 50mg tab for for sleep. I have been on this for three days without any help from this med. I called his office and he told me to increase this medicine to 100 mg and try this for a week and to let him know the results.
    Please advise me what you think or know about this medicine please.

  7. Sylvia Cline
    SC
    4

    Please tell the above writer that she can buy Sea Bands from Wal Greens or other pharmacies….no need to use the bean taped to her wrist….the Sea Bands come with a diagram to show where to place them…

  8. KIDNEY BEAN PRESSURE

    Nancy Whitley-Garner
    Charlotte, NC
    5

    PLEASE SEND ME A DIAGRAM SO I CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO MAKE IT AND I’M NOT SURE WHERE THE ACTUAL PRESSURE POINT ON THE WRIST IS LOCATED. HELP. THANK YOU. I read your articles on my email and I do appreciate all your information.

    You cannot fathom the impact of your simple suggestion about applying kidney bean pressure to the sleep acupressure point in the wrist. I devised a wristlet by cutting a piece from an Ace bandage to go around my wrist twice. I closed the ends, forming a doubled circle, and in between the layers, sewed a toggle button (a one-inch barrel shaped button with a metal eye in its center for sewing). This slips over my hand easily, and once the button is positioned over the acupressure point, it does not stray.

    “This simple device puts me to sleep in a few short minutes and I do not wake more than twice during the night. Sleep is so essential to making fibromyalgia a livable condition.”

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