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Health Have you tried practically everything to get a better night’s sleep? You’re not alone. More than 1.6 million Americans say that they’ve experimented with herbal remedies, relaxation techniques and other methods to fall sleep, according to a recent study from the National Center for .plementary and Alternative Medicine. But which really work? Researchers have .e up with a few suggestions: * Try a cup of chamomile tea. This beverage contains glycine, a chemical that acts as a mild sedative, say researchers from Imperial College London. And since glycine is also a muscle relaxant, it may help reduce menstrual pain. Tip: Drink your tea an hour or more before bedtime if nighttime trips to the bathroom pose a problem. * Consider the possibility of reflux. Even if you don’t feel the pain of heartburn, acid reflux may be waking you up at night, according to a study conducted at the Lynn Health Science Institute in Oklahoma City. Dubbed silent reflux due to its lack of symptoms, this condition affects about one in four troubled sleepers. Tip: If you have sleep problems that don’t have an obvious cause, talk to your doctor about whether you might be suffering from reflux. * Duck from dawn’s early light. Avoid very early morning sunlight if you wake up too early, says James Maas, Ph.D., a sleep researcher at Cornell University and author of Power Sleep. Your body will start to .e out of its sleep cycle when it should still be in a deep sleep. Since sunlight helps set your body clock, exposure to the bright light of early morning contributes to the premature peak in your body cycle. Keep your bedroom very dark, but get plenty of light after rising to boost mood and alertness. To reset your body clock so that you get better sleep and don’t wake up too early in the morning, take a late afternoon walk, advises Maas: Melatonin is a hormone that sets your inner clock and tells your body when it’s time to be sleepy. By getting late afternoon sunshine, you’ll be forcing your body to produce melatonin later in the day. This will cause your inner body clock to peak later, making you sleep more soundly at night. * Check your medicine cabi.. Have you been prescribed medicine for high blood pressure or depression? Some of these drugs can cause insomnia. For instance, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that some beta-blockersused to treat high blood pressureslashed production of melatonin by 80 to 90 percent. In addition, taking the antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can lead to trouble falling asleep or nighttime awakenings. If you use either of these types of drugs and you have sleep problems, talk to your doctor about changing your dosage or switching to a drug that doesn’t disrupt sleep. Using these strategies, you just may zap your sleep problems and get better rest. Writer: Gabrielle Lichterman MediZine’s Healthy Living, Second Quarter 2007 About the Author: 相关的主题文章: