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Aug
25

Unexpected help…

I don’t know if this will help anybody else, but it’s worth a try.   Yerba mate tea was recommended to me by an alternative doctor.  I didn’t hold out much hope, but decided I’d try it–and it’s really improved my sleep.  For this past month, I’ve taken hardly any Ambien. http://www.ma-tea.com/yerba_mate/about_yerba_mate/health_benefits/sleep/ There’s a difference […]

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Feb
2

How to get the sleep you need: An argument with the experts

written by Gayle

Those of us who have trouble sleeping get tired of hearing the same old advice, the same half dozen rules we read everywhere. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and big meals late at night. Don’t exercise or engage in stimulating activities near bedtime, such as reading or watching TV in bed. Try taking a hot bath or […]

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Jan
9

THINGS TO HELP YOU SLEEP, III

written by Gayle

From HuffPo, a suggestion from stress management author  Debbie Mandel, from Chinese herbal medicine:  “Put feet in a pot of hot water for one minute and then alternate in pot of cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times.  This releases toxins from your feet — …   The heat circulates the blood and the […]

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Dec
11

Things to help you sleep, II

written by Gayle

  Here are some things readers have written me about or that I’ve heard about:  A megadose dose of Vitamin D – a couple thousand mgs.   CRANKY BABY:  an aromatherapy spritzer that promises to transform babies from cranky to sweet-tempered. It combines chamomile, tangerine, and sweet orange. This woman swore it did wonders for her. A […]

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Nov
17

Things to help you sleep…

written by Gayle

 I threw out a lot of suggestions, in  Insomniac, for things to quiet a racing mind.  I wrote about  “mind machines,” with  earphones that pump electronic music at you and goggles that flash pink and green –you can barely sustain a thought with these, let alone a racing mind.   I wrote about “brain music” that’s made […]

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Aug
29

NEW RESEARCH ON GENETIC DETERMINANTS OF SLEEP NEED

written by Gayle

 Of all the useless advice I’ve ever had for online casino bonus—and there’s been plenty— the most irksome is this:  you’re probably getting all the sleep you need, don’t worry about it—just buck up and get a grip, change your attitude, you’ll be fine.    Actually, I’m pretty clear about how much sleep I need;  when […]

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Jun
15

“Studying Insomnia”

written by Gayle

“Studying Insomnia,” Nature Medicine, 15, 481, 2009 http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v15/n5/full/nm0509-481.html “This book is written with clarity, empathy and knowledge. Carefully collected and updated scientific data are intermingled with experts’ opinions and patients’ reports. The result is an intriguing journey into the objective and subjective worlds of insomnia and insomniacs, a ‘combined view’ that makes the book unique…. […]

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Jun
15

INSOMNIAC GOES TO SLEEP

written by Gayle

…to the sleep meetings, that is, SLEEP2009, Seattle. (No, not to sleep, not at a conference— I was as sleepless in Seattle this year as I was in 2002, as I was all the other years… this is my 8th annual sleep conference.) But there’s been some progress since 2002. There’s more recognition that insomnia […]

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Aug
25

Why I wrote INSOMNIAC

written by Gayle

  10-15% of the   U.S. adult population suffers with  insomnia chronically. Yet in 2005, the NIH  (National Institutes of Health) spent  a mere $20 million researching  insomnia. That same year, Sanofi  Aventis spent $123 million  advertising Ambien. I’ve had insomnia as long as I can remember. I remember my parents trying to wrestle me […]

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May
10

New York Times Blog

written by Gayle

On New Year’s Eve, home from a party, around 3 AM, I happened onto a blog on a New York Times Nov. 7 article, “Curing Insomnia Without the Pills.” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/curing-insomnia-without-the-pills/ 599 people had responded to this article, which was one of those well-intentioned articles, “you can sleep without pills, just follow the simple rules,” and […]

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May
9

INSOMNIAC in the New York Times

written by Gayle

A few months after I came upon Tara Parker-Pope’s blog, March 21, my book Insomniac got featured on that same blog , “The Wretched Life of the Insomniac,” “Writer Gayle Greene’s new book, Insomniac, from the University of California Press, is both memoir and investigation into the world of insomnia.…. ”??http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/21/the-wretched-life-of-the-insomniac/ I wish Parker-Pope had […]

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Jan
15

SLEEPSTARVED IS BACK!

written by Gayle

Sorry this site was down for awhile—spammers got to it and it had to be rebuilt. Thank you, all of you who left comments—there are some terrific comments on this site, and I wish I had time to answer each and every one personally. I hope to have more time to give to the site, […]

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