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Natural Sleep Solutions

Some people are just born to sleep. Loud traffic? Keg party next door? Not even earthquakes will keep them from an appointed snooze!

When insomnia becomes chronic, it can lead to numerous health problems, including insulin resistance and weight gain, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

I want to avoid sleep medications, so I asked the experts what we all might try to get to sleep and stay there. I already exercise (yoga, weights, hiking) and that definitely helps my body feel tired at the end of the day, but my mind is still whirring—is yours?

Insomnia affects 60 million Americans each year, and the problem only worsens with age. So, what can you do about it?

Gentle yoga in bed

In a study of the Indian Journal of Medical Research, yoga postures and yogic breathing helped older people fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and feel more rested in the morning. Also, try avoiding watching TV, listening to loud music or engaging in stimulating conversation right before bed.

Get a massage

Having a professional, full-body massage can leave you feeling as light as a feather, especially when it’s part of a monthly routine. Until you can find the calming massage therapist of your dreams, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that even self-massage can help.

Try Traditional Chinese Medicine

A wide variety of Chinese herbal remedies may help to treat your sleep issues. Formulas are available from Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, in shops in metropolitan Chinatowns, or via the Internet through such suppliers as chineseherbsdirect.com.

What do you do for a superior slumber?

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